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Examine the role of the supernatural in MacbethI am going to examine the role of the supernatural in Macbeth by looking at the main characters the witches and apparitions and the way that they affect Macbeth During Shakespeares time many people were superstitious and believed in witches ghosts and other supernatural beings This is greatly reflected in MacbethBy the late 1550s Shakespeare had established himself as a playwright In 1599 he and six other associates founded the globe theatre The new theatre was an open playhouse in London Shakespeare and the six others called themselves the kings Men they called themselves this with the permission of King James 1Macbeth is a great tragedy that bounds together light and darkness good and evil jealousy guilt fate and fear These themes recur throughout the text and without them Macbeth would have been a dull lifeless play The use of the witches visions the hallucinations sleep ghosts and apparitions are all key elements of the supernatural themes in the play and the use of each dramatically influences the style which causes the play to be more interesting it seems to really bring it to life The supernatural is also a key feature throughout the play The first encounter is at the very beginning in Act one Scene one Probably one of the most important lines in the entire play is said hereAlthough this says that every battle is lost by one side and won by another there is also the fact that not all winners are wholly victorious In other words Shakespeare is saying that although Macbeth will win the battle his soul will be lost Little does the audience know at the beginning yet this is exactly what happensAt the beginning of the play Macbeth is told that he will be king From then on the use of the supernatural is increased as Macbeth is relying on the prophecies that are brought to him by the three
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