Supernatural Elements Of Shakespeare 's Macbeth Essay

1176 Words Nov 14th, 2014 5 Pages
Emily Crocker
Ms. Beach
Macbeth Research Paper
14 November 2014
Supernatural Elements The element of the supernatural is apparent in many of Shakespeare’s works. Supernatural is defined as “not explainable by the known forces or laws of nature; specifically, of or involving God, ghosts, spirits, etc.” (Agnes 647). In Macbeth, the elements of supernatural are important because it develops the structure and plot as well as drama and emphasis. “The supernatural is part of the framework of the Shakespearean tragedy Macbeth. Shakespeare uses the supernatural devices to indicate the course of past, current and future events” (Jan 97). Most literary professionals believe that Shakespeare’s works were aimed at the King of Scotland, James I. They also seem to believe that the supernatural element was used to frighten the people and warn them of their king during the Elizabethan time. Shakespeare presents the supernatural element in various ways: witches, witchcraft, apparitions, ghosts, floating daggers, and hallucinations. Supernatural elements create a spark for action, revelation of characters, and increase the action of many scenes. In the play’s opening scene within the thunder and lightning, Shakespeare introduces the roles of the three witches, or weïrd sisters. The scene ends with the witches all reciting a paradox: “Fair is foul and foul is fair” (1.1.12-13); meaning that everything we delight in is evil, and everything that is evil we delight in. This quote sets the tone…

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