Theme Of Apparition In Macbeth
In this way, the supernatural could be said to have led the whole play as their foretellings are what caused most of the action in the play and therefore made it more suspenseful. In William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, Shakespeare uses the witches and the apparitions and their creation of moral confusion to demonstrate the theme that people who want too much power will ultimately destroy themselves.
The witches play an important role in the storyline of Macbeth as they appear to be the strongest form of supernatural. Macbeth’s first meeting with the witches is in Act I, right after Macbeth is introduced and praised as a brave and powerful lord. The witches however, are introduced with the appearance of lightning and thunder, already giving the play an eerie and unsettling tone. They proceed to crown Macbeth as king: “All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter!” (I.iii.53). Such oracular speaking confuses Macbeth as he does not know how he could possibly be king but when he tries to question the witches, but they leave him without any suggestions and therefore provide Macbeth with