The Supernatural

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  • The Supernatural
    • Appears as the witches, visions and Lady Macbeth's incantations
    • Witchcraft has four functions in the play: It exposes the evil hiding within Macbeth, Directs Macbeth's ambition to particular deeds, Highlights the force of evil at work in the world and creates cosmic chaos throughout the play
    • The witches are the first characters that the audience meets
    • Thunder and lightening in the fist scene suggests the havoc that Scotland is yet to experience
    • The witches' knowledge resembles a drug that Macbeth becomes addicted to
    • Banquo warns Macbeth against trusting supernatural knowledge
    • Shakespeare shows that the supernatural affects humans but is not responsible for their actions
    • The witches speak in Trochaic Tetrameter which is reminiscent of a chant
    • "When shall we three meet again, in thunder, lightening or in rain?" - First Witch
    • "So fail and fair a day I have not seen" - Macbeth
    • "The instruments of darkness tell us truths" - Banquo
    • "How now, you secret, black and midnight hags " - Macbeth
    • "Macduff was from his mother's womb/ untimely ripped" - Macduff
    • "Double double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble" - The three witches
    • "Supernatural soliciting" - Macbeth
    • "Come, you spiritsThat tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full Of direst cruelty" - Lady Macbeth

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