Shakespeares Use of Supernatural

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Approximately 35% of Shakespeare’s plays use elements of supernatural entities. (Javeshay) Shakespeare used elements in the supernatural in order to connect with his audience as Elizabethan society audiences with this motif. Many unrealistic themes were portrayed in order to appease the queen herself. These elements represent a doorway into the minds of the entire Elizabethan society. Shakespeare uses fairies, witches, sorcery, spirits, and anything that takes control outside of a mortals power or doing and uses it, in any and many situation it chooses to use it in. In Hamlet, there is a supernatural guiding force, behind hamlet. A ghost, in the form of his father, asks him to get revenge on the king’s death. So Hamlet goes out and kills, but in a series of events is killed himself. The ghost presents itself many times throughout the play. First appearing to the watchmen, the ghost does not talk, only scares them. The first time the ghost speaks is to hamlet. In Macbeth, there are many more supernatural encounters. There are about four different encounters total. The first is at the very beginning, there is a scene with three witches. They’re around a cauldron doing a spell, the witches have many scenes, including when Macbeth goes back to them and asks of his future, and he drinks the broth they boiled in their cauldron. And he goes into a hallucinogenic quarrel. They also have a scene by themselves when hecates, the head witch shows up and yells at them for not inviting her. King Macbeth hallucinates again when he and Lady Macbeth and many of there friends are at dinner and he goes to sit, but Banquo, his deceased friend that he killed, appears, and Macbeth freaks out and makes a huge scene in front of everyone. All of his friends think he’s lost his mind.

A dagger appears, to Macbeth, another hallucination. It turns bloody and he gets scared. It symbolizes his guilt for killing so many and lieing.
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