The Importance Of The Supernatural In Macbeth

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Joseph Joubert once said “Without the spiritual world, the material world is a disheartening enigma.” The spiritual world is the supernatural which is attributed to some force beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature. In Macbeth there was a ghost, witches, visions and hallucinations throughout the book which is part of the supernatural. The witches had prophecies about the future of Macbeth and his friend Banquo which all came true in the end and they showed Macbeth four apparitions which would also come true. Banquo’s ghost appeared at a dinner Macbeth was having after Banquo got murdered and Banquo’s ghost distracted Macbeth which ended of party. The visions and hallucinations were when Macbeth saw the dagger and when he heard something tell him that “sleep was dead” meaning he would have sleepless days. William Shakespeare made the story more supernatural than natural by using a ghost, witches, visions, and hallucinations and to prove Macbeth’s inevitable destiny. William Shakespeare made the story more supernatural by using witches. He had three witches that spoke to Banquo and Macbeth about their future by telling them three different prophecies that will later come true in the story. The witches make three prophecies, the first two regarding Macbeth and the last regarding Banquo. Macbeth shall be named as Thane of Cawdor and then king; Banquo, although he shall not himself rule in Scotland, will be father to future generations of kings.

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