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Misinterpreted In Macbeth Shakespeare uses characters who exhibit supernatural powers These witches add mystery and uncertainty to the lives of other characters The witches also determine how the play evolves by using their spells charms and prophecies to meddle in Macbeths life In the Shakespearean era figures of the supernatural and the mystical were feared or awed but modern society views these forces in a different light At the very beginning Act 1 Scene 1 the witches appear accompanied with the background of thunder and lightning The atmosphere is intended to be threatening and intimidating however modern society wouldnt be fazed by these needlessly dramatic effects Thanks to modern technology and the special effects of the movie industry it would take a lot more than thunder and lightning to awe modern audiences These dramatics would fail to be intimidating and threatening Quickly the three witches reveal their ability to predict and mold the future Amused by this todays audience would associate the witches with magicians seen on television and their talents would be compared to card tricks levitating acts or mind readers The problem is that none of these talents are considered believable so the witches lose creditability and their characters are laughable The people would just pass them off as another act and would give no head to what they stood for Shakespeare used them to symbolize the fate of mankind but this message may be lost on modern audiences In Act 1 Scene 3 the witches reappear with their trademark of thunder and lightening They speak in a rhyming singing way which sets them apart from the other characters who speak in blank verse Though they are clearly supposed to be the most dangerous characters in the play their way of speaking would make anyone now days think of nursery rhymes and take the edge off their words and turns them into something comical They have become ridiculously absurd and less of a
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