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The Supernatural In William Shakespeare's Macbeth

852 words - 4 pages

The supernatural plays a huge role in the play of Macbeth. There are many different types of supernatural occurrences that take place in this play such as with witches, apparitions, and hallucinations. The supernatural affect all of the characters in the play in different ways, their different personalities often lead to different outcomes then were possibly intended.
The witches in Macbeth play a huge role in the story but many people argue about what that role is. Some say that the witches planted the desire to be king into Macbeth's head, while others say that he already had the desire and the witches were just confirming what he already wanted to do. The witches may have set off the murderous desires in Macbeth or they may have just given him confirmation to set in motion an idea that he already had. Depending on how spiritual the reader is and if they believe in the supernatural they could say that the witches are just telling Macbeth what any man would want to hear, that he will be king, or they could be looking into his heart and seeing his desires and telling him what he wants to hear, or they could just purely be seeing the future and telling him what will be. But that is not the witches only role in the play, aside from telling Macbeth his future they also help him out later in the play by showing him apparitions and giving him more insight into his future and what to beware of.
The apparitions in Macbeth could either be just figments of Macbeth's imagination or they could really be apparitions conjured up by the witches. The first apparitions is a floating "armed head" which the witches caution can read his thoughts. The head then speaks to him and says "Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! beware Macduff; Beware the thane of Fife. Dismiss me. Enough." (Macbeth Act 4 Scene 1) this frightens Macbeth because it was exactly what he had been thinking before he came. The second apparition is a bloody child which tells Macbeth "Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn The power of man, for none of woman born Shall harm Macbeth." (Macbeth Act 4 Scene 1) Macbeth is now confused because he believes that the first and second apparitions contradict each other because the first is telling him to beware of Macduff but then the second tells him that none born of woman shall kill him. He later finds out that Macduff was ripped from his mothers womb during a...

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