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The Supernatural In William Shakespeare's Macbeth

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The Supernatural in William Shakespeare's Macbeth

Macbeth is a play in which moral themes are divided into good and
evil. The narrative of the play is simple.There is clearly distinction
the images of good and bad. 'Fair is Foul' is both a statement about
the weird sisters' moral preferences. Brooding evil is a the major
theme in Macbeth and is present throughout the play in both the
characters and the events as they present different types of morality.
The play maps Macbeth's loss of confidence in the faith in humans as
he becomes tempted by the witches evil and he turns towards the
supernatural. The play focuses on Macbeth, a tragic hero of noble
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The first witch
conjures the images of a storm because it creates an image of natural
chaos: a storm is not fertile and calm but angry and destructive.
Also, witches were often thought to destroy crops by affecting the
weather and so this places the witches within the stereotypical
description of the Jacobean era. The second witch refers to the battle
that Banquo and Macbeth had successfully fought and won thereby
revealinhg their power to predict the future accurately and also
suggesting the battle between good and evil. At this stage, Macbeth is
a highly respected moral man, with all the attributes that are to be
admired. These two lines are a bit like each other in that they both
refer to battles, one in the natural elements and the other between
humans-the two become joined. The third witch then states the time of
their meeting with Macbeth and Banquo, "ere the set of sun", and
place,"upon the heath". Also, it is necessary to inform the audience
of the weather because the play is in a theatre. The witches are
portrayed as a destructive force of evil and a potentail threat to the
natural order. After this scene, in a camp near the battlefield a one
of Macbeths captains meets with Duncan, Donalbain, Malcolm and Lennox
with attendants. The wounded captains reports that Macbeth had
defeated the rebellion of Highlanders and Islanders, led by

Between Act one Scene Three and Act two Scene one, many events happen.
The Thane Of Cawdor has been executed, and Duncan names Mabeth as his
successor, and then invites himself to Macbeths castle. A eager
Macbeth sees that "chance" will not make him king and makes his mind
up to do something about it. Lady Macbeth becomes startled to learn
that Duncan is on his way to the castle, and later calls upon the evil
spirits to make her ruthless, so she can committ the murder. Also Lady
Macbeth can see Macbeths feelings by his facial expressions so demands
that he hides them and to leave everything to her. Up until act 3,
Macbeth is unsure whether to commit the murder constantly changing his
mind. Lady Macbeth speaks to Macbeth and persuades Macbeth into
killing duncan with her intelligent thinking.

Act One scene Three opens with the sisters asking where they have been
and the third witch tells them how she watched a sailors wife eat lots
of chesnuts" munched and munched and munched". She asked for one and
the sailors wife, rudely replied"aroint thee witch" The witch learns
that her husband is a sailor and has gone sailing. The witch claims
that "in a sieve I'll thither sail, and like a rat without a tail,
I'll do, I'll do, and I'll do".' This is a lengthy decription of all
of the things this witch is going to do to this sailor, whose wife was
liable for his ill health and terrible times out at sea. They tell us
that the ship shall...

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