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The supernatural elements in Shakespeares plays Hamlet and Macbeth provide key roles in influencing the main characters choices The supernatural beings also give rise to the development of the falling action and hints at foreshadowing the end of the two plays Both Hamlet and Macbeth are set into a conflict because of the persuasions of the ghost and three witches The dialogues between the protagonists and supernatural creatures helped to maintain the action and vengeance during the play and led to the destruction of Hamlet and Macbeth The appearance of the ghost in Hamlet on a gloomy night outside Ellsinore Castle indicates immediately that something is wrong in Denmark It foreshadows a conflict for Hamlet in the story and Horatio interprets the ghost as a warning about Fortinbras Hamlet devastated by his fathers death feels that his mother had betrayed his father from what the ghost had conveyed to him The ghost exits saying Adieu adieu adieu Remember me Hamlet then debates about suicide and life in the eternal world from which his late father informed him as inconceivable As soon as the ghost appears nothing is any longer the same as before The ghost of King Hamlets sets the tone for the denouement of the play Throughout the tragedy of Macbeth weird sisters appear on and off as dark thoughts and temptations to evil They first appear to Macbeth chanting Thane of Glamis Thane of Cawdor King hereafter It seems as if Macbeth has no conscience the three witches influence Macbeth so strongly that his greed to become king and have all has come about him The mischief they cause is likely due to their witchcraft but mainly to their ability to know exactly what to say to surrender their victim to evil they work on Macbeths ambition like puppeteers Each appearance of the weird sisters gives rise to Macbeths need for masculine dominance Whenever a prophecy is revealed to Macbeth violence chaos destruction
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