During the time of William Shakespeare, many believed in the existence of the supernatural. Thus, Mr. Shakespeare included several forms of supernatural power in his play “Macbeth” for numerous reasons. The appearance of supernatural elements in his play greatly intensifies key scenes. They are also meant to please King James and catalyze action throughout the plot. The inclusion of the supernatural in Shakespeare’s Macbeth make this play very mysterious and interesting.
The evil elements that appear throughout the plot emphasize many key scenes. Shakespeare’s audience believed very strongly in the supernatural and most were frightened by it. The mysterious appearance of a floating dagger is probably the most important example. As Macbeth ponders wether or not to murder King Duncan, a bloody dagger floats in front of him. The pommel towards him and the point directed to King Duncan's room. The dagger accents the impact of this key scene where Macbeth slays Duncan. In Act III, Macbeth hosts a banquet and Banquo is nowhere to be found. Macbeth sees Banquo’s ghost in his seat. The appearance of this ghost at the banquet emphasizes the importance of this scene. It shows how Macbeth is starting to feel remorse and the tough and fearless side of him is becoming less apparent. Macbeth speaks to Banquo’s ghost: “Avaunt! and quit my sight! let the earth hide thee!, Thy bones are marrowless, thy blood is cold, Thou hast no speculation in those eyes, Which thou dost glare with!” (Act III Scene IV). His strange behavior puzzles his subjects, reassuring them that he is mentally ill. Although Macbeth came off as cold-blooded and confident his hallucinations get the best of him. Leading more and more people to believe he is not well. The evil powers within the play accentuated many important scenes by driving the over-ambitious Macbeth to do many things.
Shakespeare wrote this play with King James I in mind. The plot was designed to please King James’ and his interest in...
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