Is Seeing Really Believing?

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Is Seeing Really Believing?

Supernatural according to dictionary.com is being above or beyond what is natural, unexplainable by natural law or phenomena, or abnormal. Shakespeare uses the supernatural in many ways in Macbeth, one of which is as foreshadowing, secondly he uses it he uses it as Macbeth's guilty conscience, and thirdly he uses apparitions to show what is yet to come. Fear of the unknown is represented by the supernatural in the play because it is not always understood what is taking place or why. Furthermore, the subject of supernatural appears first thing in the play, when we are introduced to the 3 witches, who seem to be up to no good. “When shall we three meet again? In thunder, lightening, or in rain?” (I.i.1-2) One witch states. The three devious witches cross paths with Macbeth and Banquo and reveal to them a prophecy that Macbeth will soon become Thane of Cawdor, and eventually Macbeth will take the throne as King of Scotland. Another prophecy is given out to Banquo, “lesser than Macbeth, and greater… Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none.” (I.iii.67) Before anything else could be said, into thin air the witches vanquished, leaving Macbeth and Banquo to ponder their prophecies. Soon after the witches disappeared some of King Duncan’s men came to award Macbeth with the position of Thane of Cawdor. Intrigued that the witches’ prophecy that he will become king might actually be true, he writes to his wife to tell her of all that has gone on. Once Macbeth learned of this prophecy, he was desperate to find out if it would come true, just as the others had. Desperation to know the truth about the unknown overcame Macbeth, and pushed him to do something terrible, kill King Duncan.
Duncan’s brutal murder left Macbeth seeing the supernatural, a floating bloody dagger hanging in the balance nagging at Macbeth’s guilty conscience. With intense determination to be crowned king, Macbeth realizes the witches’ prophecy to Banquo was that he

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