The Role of the Supernatural in the Play Macbeth Essay

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The Role of the Supernatural in the Play Macbeth

‘Fair is foul and foul is fair’ such a well-known line from the play Macbeth, with such power behind the words. I have reason to believe that the role of the supernatural plays a very important part in Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, we can say that the supernatural occurs 4 times throughout the play that we can call supernatural because they are physically unnatural things to be seen, e.g. the appearance of Banquo’s ghost, the prophecies and the air-drawn dagger etc. But I have gone further into depth to find that the supernatural isn’t just physically noticeable but also mentally through hallucination etc. I have many reasons to believe this because
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This is because of the history of the witches at the time that Shakespeare had written the play. At the time that the play was written, there was a strong belief in the existence of witches, anyone that was seen to do things differently or better than anyone else they were accused of being a witch, and it was very offensive to be accused of being one. This therefore is the reason why the supernatural is a recurring theme in many of his plays. That is why the supernatural is seen in many varied forms such as the floating dagger, the witches and many more. With Macbeth’s entrance in the play, he has a reaction to the witches the same that anyone in the audience would have had too. He is shocked to see them, but also wants to listen to the words that the witches speak because they talk about what Macbeth has always desired. This reaction too would have been what the audience would have had, and this draws them into the play further, as if they can feel what Macbeth too is feeling. I feel that with the power of the audience in the play as well as the story seems almost supernatural in a way because of the power that it holds. I feel that Shakespeare would have wanted this effect because of the great impact that the audience get from watching the play.

From the first glimpse of the witches and the
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