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Imagery has been used throughout the history of literature to create different effects in various writings One author who was a master of imagery is William Shakespeare This imagery is vividly displayed in his classic tragedy Macbeth One image that is used throughout Macbeth is the supernatural It is used to create an eerie mood to show evil and to illustrate a sense of guilt Beginning in the first act the witches rely on supernatural powers to aid themselves In the third scene of that act they are casting an evil spell on a sailor whose wife has wronged them They speak in rhymes and use magic words such asThrice to thine and thrice to mineAnd thrice again to make up nine Iiii36-37 Also the witches are depicted casting a spell to see Macbeths future During the casting of the spell the witches are described with many traditional elements of witchery such as a cauldron ieRound about the cauldron go In the poisoned entrails throwIVi4-5 These uses of the supernatural by the witches help to add an eerie mood throughout the play However the witches are not the only ones who believe in using the supernatural for their own gains Lady Macbeth also calls on the spirits but she calls on them purely for evil During the first act and before the plot to murder Duncan was definite Lady Macbeth says in her soliloquy Hie thee hither That I may pour my spirits in thine earIv25-26 This statement is aimed toward Macbeth She wants the evil spirits of her thoughts of the murder to go into Macbeths head so that he will not hesitate to kill Duncan Also Right before Macbeth returns she calls the spirits by saying Come you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts unsex me here And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst crueltyIv44-47 She is trying
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