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Supernatural beings are used to create dramatic emphasis in all forms of literature Shakespeare uses witches ghosts and apparitions in his play Macbeth to generate this effect Supernatural beings are effective in provoking a reaction in audiences today so it is easy to imagine how these specters would have alarmed the people of theElizabethan era The population of the Elizabethan era had certain ideas about witches which the three witches inMacbethwere based upon The witches added an element of the supernatural to Macbeth as did the appearance of Banquos ghost and the apparitions that emerged at Macbeths final rendezvous with the three witches All of these occurrences created a more dramatic atmosphere of suspenseThetheatrical production Macbeth is filled with references to the supernatural as well as the actual appearance of them The witches in the story are like prophets foretelling Macbeths future or perhaps they can be considered harbingers of doom They seem to enjoy playing with Macbeths mind The witches chant together in an alarming fashion The werd sisters hand in hand Posers of the sea and land Thus do go about about Thrice to thine and thrice to mine and thrice again to make up nine Peace The charms wound up I iii 83-87 They seem to belong to a genre of an evil cult and cults are not well known for producing positive actions and reactions in societyBanquos ghost appeared at Macbeths banquet but Macbeth was the only one who was able to see him This disturbed the guests who thought he was having guilt-induced hallucinations after murdering his best friend Macbeth was quite unnerved by this experience and when the ghost was present he seemed to completely lose touch with reality When his wife tried to calm him down he did not even acknowledge her presenceThe images that appeared to Macbeth when he returned to the witches for reassurance before the battle against Malcolm and the English forces were conjured by
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