Effects Of The Supernatural Essay

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The supernatural is that which cannot be explained by the laws of nature, such as gods, ghosts, and magic. In today’s well-educated culture, it seems as if the belief in the supernatural is slowly diminishing. Even though the supernatural is not as prominent in today’s society, its presence has played a major role in many civilizations. An estimated 30,000 women, men and children were executed in Germany and France alone on suspicion of witchcraft. The existence of witchcraft and supernatural forces is hard to grasp in modern society but after reading Oedipus Rex, Medea, and Macbeth, one may be able to understand how the supernatural affected societies and the people of their time. In this essay, I will be examining how witches, ghosts, gods and prophecies influenced the characters and plots within the assigned reading.The supernatural is often used in plays to create drama and foreshadowing. This is done by giving the reader a glimpse into a character’s future. Oracles, prophecies and witches are a few of the supernatural forces that are used to create drama and foreshadowing within the assigned reading.Oedipus Rex is the story of a king who is destined to kill his father and marry his mother. Early in the play, an oracle tells Oedipus he is doomed. By providing the reader with this information, a sense of drama and anticipation is created. Throughout the play, readers expect these dramatic events to happen.Later in Odeipus’s life, when the city is struck by a plague, Oedipus sends Creon to the Oracle at Delphi hoping figure out how to save his city. Creon returns and states that murderer of Laius, former king of Thebes, is in the city and once the killer is captured, then the plague will diminish.Oedipus, being an honorable king, is interested in what is best for his country and wants to immediately find the murderer of Laius. Oedipus eventually finds that the Oracle’s prediction is true and that he is responsible for the murder of Laius (his father). At the end of the play, Oedipus decides to leave Thebes in exile, as he promised would be the fate of Laius' murderer.The existence of the supernatural provides reason for the misfortunes of Oedipus. When Oedipus fulfills the oracles prophecy and receives the news that he had married his mother and murdered his father he does not try and deny or hide this terrible news but simply accepts what has happened because his faith is up to the gods. Oedipus probably could have told his people that he unknowinlyThe supernatural not only led Oedipus into his blind faith but also provided the reader with foreshadowing and drama.Macbeth, a great warrior and cousin to King Duncan, hears a prophecy from the “three witches” that he is proclaimed to be the“King hereafter.” Macbeth and his friend chuckle at the idea of him becoming king and continue on their journey home. The witches’ prophecies initiate the plot of Macbeth and create foreshadowing for the reader....

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