The Use Of The Supernatural In Macbeth By William Shakespeare

1524 words - 6 pages

The Use of the Supernatural in Macbeth by William Shakespeare

In this essay I am going to explore the use of the supernatural in the
play Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare. This is going to be done
by showing how much power the supernatural elements had and how it
influenced peoples' mind. The supernatural elements are the use of the
witches, the dagger, Banquo's ghost and the apparitions in the play.

Firstly, the use of the witches in the play is a key element in the
supernatural. When the play was written in 1600, people in those days
believed in things like the witches and they also believed thought
that the power and knowledge of the future came from the devil. All
this shows why the witches influence Macbeth throughout the play and
why are part of Macbeth's struggle between good and evil.

The witches start of by giving the audience a clue to what the future
holds for Macbeth. "When the battles lost and won," (Act 1, Scene 1)
is said by the second witch. This says that every battle is lost by
one side and won by another and so Macbeth's fate is that he will win
the battle, but will lose his time of victory for the battle of his
soul. This proves that the witches knew about what was going to happen
as what the witch says occurs later in the play.

The prophecies that are revealed by the witches bring a broad
temptation to Macbeth, "My thought, whose murder yet is but
fantastical" (Act 1 Scene 3). This shows that Macbeth ambition is
present before the prophecies. He would never have thought seriously
about killing Duncan without the witches. This shows that Macbeth is
hugely influenced by the supernatural.

The supernatural element also taking place in Lady Macbeth's soliloquy
of calling upon evil spirits to give her power to plot the murder of
Duncan without any remorse or conscience. "Come, you spirits that tend
on mortal thoughts, unsex me here. Come to my woman's breasts for
gall" (Act 1 Scene 5), her soliloquy shows that she relied on the
supernatural by asking for the spirit to get rid of her natural
feelings of concern by making her cruel. The interference with the
supernatural might cause her to be possessed by ghost when she goes
mad and sees blood on her hands.

As Macbeth awaits for the signal to make his way up to the stairs, he
sees floating dagger and said "Thou marshal'st me the way that I was
going; and such an instrument I was to use. There's no such thing. It
is the bloody business which informs" (Act 2 Scene 1). Here Macbeth
begins to question whether his mind playing tricks on him or there is
presence of evil that put the dagger which being covered with blood.
This shows that there is interference of supernatural that leads
Macbeth towards the Duncan's chamber to do the murder. The dagger
symbolizes the point of no return for Macbeth. If he...

Find Another Essay On The Use of the Supernatural in Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Macbeth, by william shakespeare, in this essay i discuss the role of the witches and the supernatural in the play

1147 words - 5 pages MacbethThe title of the drama I am going to discuss is "The Tragedy of Macbeth" written by William Shakespeare. In this essay I am going to discuss the crucial importance of the role of the witches and the supernatural in the play.Three witches appearing on the road, confront battle weary Macbeth, Thane of Glames, a noble warrior on his way home. They prophesise that he will become king and then leave as unexpectedly as they appeared. A few days

Use of the Supernatural in Shakespeare's Macbeth

651 words - 3 pages Use of the Supernatural in Macbeth In Shakespeare's play The Tragedy of Macbeth, Shakespeare uses an underlying motif of the supernatural to control the characters and add a new dimension to the play. Shakespeare uses a large motif of light vs. darkness throughout the play to present moral choices and religious ideas. When the play opens, there is thunder rolling around and the witches on stage. The thunder is symbolic of darkness and

Shakespeare's Use of the Supernatural in "Macbeth"

1113 words - 4 pages . Macbeth also realises that he will never get his peaceful sleep again. Finally, we should not cast aside the supernatural powers of goodness and justice that Shakespeare portrays in Macbeth. This is evident in the character of the pure and virtuous King of England, who has been blessed with supernatural powers of curing the sick by merely touching them. It is also by the aid of the righteous King of England's army that Macbeth can be defeated

Shakespeare's Use of the Supernatural in Macbeth

8038 words - 32 pages ; any who do (e.g. Lady Macbeth) just ridicule him and think of it as a weakness, that he is not as much of a man anymore. Act 3 scene 5 is the next part in which the supernatural is involved. It is a short scene, and does not really affect the storyline particularly much. This is probably because that this scene was not considered to have been written by Shakespeare. It introduces a new character, Hecate, who is

The Role of the Witches in Macbeth by William Shakespeare

1776 words - 7 pages The Role of the Witches in Macbeth by William Shakespeare Macbeth is a play written by William Shakespeare some time between 1603 and 1606 and is set in Scotland around 1040. The time it was written coincides with the reign of King James the First of England. King James showed a great interest in witches and powers of the supernatural and Macbeth was arguably written to impress the king in what were violent times

The Influence of the Supernatural in William Shakespeare's Macbeth

2620 words - 10 pages . This is the huge dramatic influence on Macbeth as he finally realises that he had been tricked into what he had done. Atlast, Macduff gets his revenge for his family. Shakespeare tries to create a supernatural atmosphere by the language he uses. Certain words recur throughout Macbeth, creating meaning, atmosphere and significance. For example the words, 'blood', 'fear', and 'sleep'. The use of words like this

The Supernatural in William Shakespeare's Macbeth

852 words - 4 pages hallucinations may not have the intended effect though because Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's secrets were covered up even when they confessed them. This play could not have existed without the effect of the supernatural. Works Cited Shakespeare, William, and John Crowther. "Act 4." Macbeth. New York, NY: Spark Pub., 2003. N. pag. Print.

The Supernatural in William Shakespeare's Macbeth

1975 words - 8 pages The Supernatural in William Shakespeare's Macbeth In Macbeth the supernatural is used to entertain and terrify the audience. Supernatural things are those that do not belong in the natural world. In Elizabethan times, people were so terrified of the supernatural because they believed that there was a natural order which effectively governed the universe, and when this order was misaligned things would start to go very

Security In "Macbeth" by William Shakespeare: The downfalls of Duncan, Banquo and Macbeth.

569 words - 2 pages hill and he is killed by Macduff, who was born by Caesarean section. Macbeth's overconfidence blinded him from the bold truth, that we are all mortal and was killed for it.In this particular story, Shakespeare used a few distinct types of overconfidence. Duncan has his confidence in other people. Banquo has his in strong friendships. On the contrary, Macbeth had his all invested in himself. Despite what kind they each had, they all had a downfall

The Lust for Power in Macbeth by William Shakespeare

1254 words - 5 pages The Lust for Power in Macbeth by William Shakespeare *Works Cited Not Included Macbeth's destiny and his lust for power, confirmed by the Three Witches and Lady Macbeth, leads to destruction. Every act that Macbeth commits effects the kingdom as a whole. Macbeth's indecisiveness and his understanding of success cause this destruction. This lust for power leads Macbeth, as it would all

The Start of Evil: Lady Macbeth by William Shakespeare

1265 words - 5 pages The Start of Evil Macbeth is a play written by William Shakespeare in the 1600 century. It is one of Shakespeare’s most well known tragedies, and continues to be studied to this day. It is a dark and gloomy play, as the main character, Macbeth, gets a taste for evil and kills the king of Scotland, King Duncan, in order to become king himself. After this moment there is a rapid increase of evil in him, as he starts to kill more and more people

Similar Essays

The Importance Of The Supernatural In Macbeth By William Shakespeare

4513 words - 18 pages The Importance of the Supernatural in Macbeth by William Shakespeare The supernatural is to play an essential part in the play 'Macbeth'; this is made clear from the first paragraph of the play, when the three witches are introduced. It is represented in many different forms, mainly: the witches, the dagger and the ghost of Banquo. Shakespeare's use of imagery and creative language in the play creates tension, fear and

Macbeth By William Shakespeare, Influence Of The Witches And Supernatural In Macbeth

1024 words - 4 pages supernatural. However, countless audiences since then, who have been able to suspend their disbelief of these elements for a few hours are treated to an infinitely more powerful, entertaining play.MLA Citation:"Supernatural Elements in Macbeth by Shakespeare." 123HelpMe.com. 20 Oct 2008."Macbeth" By William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare's Dramatic Use Of The Supernatural In Macbeth

1586 words - 6 pages William Shakespeare's Dramatic Use of the Supernatural in Macbeth Be sure to include the witches, the dagger, Banquo's ghost, the apparitions and the Old man. There are many themes in Macbeth like ambition, loyalty and hypocrisy but Shakespeare has used the theme of the supernatural to create dramatic emphasis and suspicion. He has used the witches, dagger, Banquo's ghost, the apparitions and the old man to create to

The Supernatural Forces In Macbeth By Shakespeare

853 words - 4 pages their world. These supernatural forces pull the strings, manipulating the natural world for their liking, or benefit. This is seen in the witch’s manipulation of Macbeth, which drives the main plot of the play. Macbeth is manipulated by supernatural forces into preforming acts that went against his, and the world’s nature, causing his humanity to wither away and making him just as unnatural as his manipulators. Humanity is made up of what comes