Macbeth ': The Witches Way'

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William Zolezzi

The Witches’ Way SShakespeare use which looking at metaphors and character reactions represents innocence and the natural—to demonstrate the corruption, and ultimately defeat, of the natural by the supernatural. Macbeth believes sleep is innocent. Later in the play the conquering of sleep establishes the theme of the supernatural over the natural. With this theme in mind, it is possible to make sense of a seemingly random story added by the witches. In the end, the witches conquer the natural using their supernatural abilities. Macbeth has the perception that sleep is associated with innocence. Immediately after Macbeth murders Duncan, his guilt leads him to say he will not be able to engage in innocent acts: Me
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Using there supernatural acts the witches are able to conquer the pure and natural process sleep. When the First Witch says, Her husbands’ to Aleppo gone, master o’ ‘th Tiger; But in a sieve I’ll thither sail, And, like a rat without a tail, I’ll do, I’ll do, and I’ll do…(I,iii, 9-11) Then, the witches, who represent the supernatural, manipulate the poor sailor by easily corrupting the natural process of sleep. In the second line in which the witch utters in such a nonchalant manner that she will sail around in a sieve, Shakespeare establishes that witches are capable of doing anything. This tone sets the stage for later corruption of the sleep by the witch. The final lines exemplify the assurance that the witches and the supernatural will always able to control the natural. The First Witch Says: I’ll drain him dry as hay. Sleep shall neither night nor day. Hang upon his penthouse lid. (I, iii, 16-21) It is clear that the witch through her supernatural powers is able to control the sailor’s natural process …show more content…
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The Doctor makes an observation and using the word natural observes that sleep is no longer in its pure and natural state.
When the doctor says, “a great perturbation in nature, to receive at once the benefit of sleep and the do effects of watching. In this slumb’ry agitation, besides her walking and other actual performances, what at any time have you heard her say?(V, I,5-10) H observes the theme that the supernatural conquers the natural by pointing out the natural is being disturbed. By asking what the gentlewoman has heard, the doctor is looking for the source of the disturbance of the natural. When Lady Macbeth says, “What we need fear when none call our power into account. Yet who would have thought her sleep walking, a sign of the, old man to have had so much blood?”(V, i, 39-42) She addresses the guilt for her murders, which is clearly the cause for her sleepwalking, a sign of the inbalance in nature.

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