The prophecy fans the flames of ambition within Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, serving as the primary impetus for the couple to plot the death of Duncan--and subsequently Banquo. A child with a crown on his head, the third apparition, represents Malcolm, Duncan¹s son. Macbeth: Ay, and a bold one, that dare look on that Which might appall the devil. The Supernatural in William Shakespeare's Macbeth Macbeth is a play in which moral themes are divided into good and evil. This can be verified by exploring what exactly caused the witch hunts and when they began, who was accused of witchcraft and the punishments that followed as well as the relevance of these factors within the play itself.
That shalt be King hereafter. Macbeth is suggesting that he can kill Macduff if he wants to. To call Macbeth a violent play is an understatement. The supernatural appears to the audience in many varied forms — not only does a ghost appear but also a floating dagger, witches, and prophetic apparitions make appearances. In the case of the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Macbeth has an unhealthy amount and is unable to control it. They were dealing with the Bubonic Plague and common everyday concerns such as bad crops, dying farm. As soon as Macbeth expresses his fear, the ghost disappears.
They also thought that the world was full of supernatural creatures, such as witches, ghosts, and many other such beings. Macbeth's downfall was planned and executed by the weird sisters Making Macbeth but a mere victim of the supernatural. In two such plays, Hamlet and Macbeth, the supernatural is an integral part of the structure of the plot. These paranormal events lead the characters to behave in an unnatural way. There was then a decline in the hunts afterwards, until the notorious Salem Witch Hunt in Massachusetts, U. This could be considered a supernatural event because owls are naturally smaller than the falcons and are usually preyed upon by them.
After reading the book, I fully understand Shakespeare reasoning for including them in the story. At the start of the play Macbeth is portrayed as a tactful and intelligent soldier but in his final battle he uses none of these skills. The use of the supernatural occurs at the beginning of the play, with three witches predicting the fate of Macbeth. If Macbeth would have never met the three wyrd sisters in the woods that day, he would have never thought to kill King Duncan. In a sense, the supernatural occurrences guided the selfish Macbeth into his own downfall.
Macbeth ignores it, but is still fearing death and his kingship is becoming strained and confusing for both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. On one level, this links to the supernatural theme and tone of the play. People thought they could fly throuhg air and make themselves invisible at will. Supernatural things are those that do not belong in the natural world. The supernatural element gives the story more interesting and mysterious atmosphere.
We have to take into consideration what roles the witched and lady Macbeth play in the murder. The supernatural elements are the key contributors to the play. The only way to gain power of the throne was for Macbeth to work his way to the throne, or to murder King Duncan. War, conflict, ambition and the downfall of great rulers just being some. His vaulting ambition was driving him to extreme measures and he could do nothing to abate it. They are not quite human nor are they ghosts from another realm. In the hierarchies of medieval England, God was at the top of the chain and the King was underneath.
The contradiction in the apparitions makes Macbeth double minded, unsure and scared. The population of the Elizabethan era had certain ideas about witches, which the three witches in Macbeth were based upon. The hallucinations that Macbeth experience serve as reminders of his growing evil and desire to be king, as well as his guilt for the many deaths on his part. In this scene Shakespeare presents three witches meeting in the middle of a violent storm. That is why she is the natural ally of the supernatural with her ambition for Macbeth and herself.
Macbeth turns to the witches, and the ambiguous advice that they give him, convinced Macbeth that this was his destiny, and he becomes more confident. The witches appear in the tragedy as the personification of fate and inevitability. They have malicious intentions and prophetic powers. Macbeth is in two minds, because he knows to kill a King goes against all natural order, and humane behaviour. The witches are the voice of unnaturalness and disorder. It was through reading these that Shakespeare found the story of Macbeth.
The depiction of evil is the most horrifying part of Macbeth and comes from the deep vision of Shakespeare on the subject. Shakespeare uses Banquo as a foil to the character of Macbeth. The atmosphere on the stage is gloomy, eerie and portentous. Although it is meant to encourage Macbeth to do the murder, it is at the same time, showing the audience that what Macbeth is about to do, although it being obvious, is evil. But if we look deeper, the confused identity of the Witches also helps to establish the theme of deception and appearances. The play abounds with rumors and more so with horrible and gruesome murders. Duncan and Malcolm use nature metaphors when they speak of kingship—they see themselves as gardeners and want to make their realm grow and flower.