The Supernatural in Macbeth

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L. Botos 21 December 2012 The Supernatural in Macbeth The supernatural contributes significantly to the story in the thrilling play Macbeth, written by Shakespeare. The paranormal signs and powers show considerable overlap with insanity in the case of several characters throughout the play. The superhuman agents that appear or contacted in the play are used for evil purposes in almost all the cases, and are predominantly resulting in the death of a human being. First of all, the three witches are using supernatural powers throughout the play to achieve their baleful plan. In the beginning of the play, the three witches are murmuring incantations for perpetrating metaphysical communications escorted by the supernatural agents. The…show more content…
This kind of confusion is one of the main characteristics of insanity, but it has also a considerable probability factor, that the sight was a supernatural apparition for him. Therefore, it can be regarded to as a proper example of the supernatural instances overlapping with insanity. Lady Macbeth often called the superhuman authorities to help her reaching her evil goals. She is strongly embraced with the evil in order to commit her acts, and not even afraid of loosing her sexual characteristics to accomplish that: Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full Of direst cruelty! (Lady Macbeth1.5.41 - 45) From her first seen effort of connecting the metaphysical world she is becoming more and more engaged in her psychosis. She starts sleepwalking and thinks that her hand is bloody as taking part of the murders committed by his husband, Macbeth. She is trying to rub the blood off her hands as sleeping, and revealing to her environment that she is guilty. The doctor states, “What is it she does now? Look, how she rubs / her hands.” (5.1.29 – 30) While this is obviously an act of insanity, as she is having somnambulism, it was thought to happen by supernatural forces by most of the people of the era. Thirdly, Macbeth 's sight of the ghost of Banquo is making him react fairly
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