Supernatural Elements in Macbeth

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Supernatural Elements in Macbeth
In Macbeth, the supernatural elements are vital parts of the plot. These provide a catalyst for action. These increase the impact of many key scenes also. We can say that there are five important events showing the supernatural elements in Macbeth which are the witches, the ghost of Banquo, the air-drawn dagger and the apparitions. I'll first talk about the three witches and hecate. Thunder occurs every time when the witches show up. The witches represent Macbeth's evil ambitions. At the beginning of the play, three witches predict the fate of Macbeth. The predictions of the witches give the audience a clue to Macbeth's future. Secondly, the ghost of Banquo is definitely a supernatural element. Macbeth welcomes various guests to his banquet. He knew Banquo is dead. When he stands up, making a speech praising Banquo, then Banquo's ghost appears. Only Macbeth can see the ghost and he is terrified. He reacts with horror and upsets the guests. The third form of the supernatural is the air-drawn dagger. It leads Macbeth to his victim. The dagger points to King Duncan's room. The reason for the air-dagger in the play is to develop tension. Macbeth cannot decide whether to commit a murder or not. Once the air-dagger appears, Macbeth's ambition takes control of his mind. In consequence, he killed Duncan under the extreme tension. The fourth for of supernatural elements is three prophetic apparitions. The first is an armed head, which warn Macbeth that Macduff is coming back. The second apparition is a bloody child and it tells Macbeth that man born of a woman can not harm him. The third apparition is a child wearing a crown and holding a tree. The third apparition was a crowned child who held a tree in one hand. The child promised Macbeth victory as long as Birnam Wood didn't move to Dunsinane. The Supernatural elements make Macbeth a more interesting play to readers. The supernatural elements also make Macbeth more dramatic as...
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