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  • Evil and the supernatural
    • the witches' predictions encourage Macbeth to think wicked thoughts and carry out evil deeds.
    • the witches' as well as predicting the future, controlling the weather and casting evil spells, discuss the wicked acts they carry out against ordinary men and women.
    • nature is constantly disrupted, the opening of the play takes place in the middle of a thunderstorm and a further storm rages on the night of Duncan's murder
    • contextually the powers of evil were thought to be absolutely real at this time; Hell was an actual place and the Devil a constant threat to souls

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