The Supernatural Elements Of William Shakespeare 's Macbeth Essay

1128 Words Nov 29th, 2015 5 Pages
Throughout literature, the supernatural is often used as a means to frighten people into behaving appropriately. An audience would look to the human characters in search of humanity or redemption. However, paranormal aspects of a work of fiction can be helpful to determine what is and what is not considered to be a humane action. The supernatural elements in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth provide a contrast to and reveal the humanity of the mortal characters. There are three main concepts in the play that prove this. First, the witches’ behaviours towards the protagonist, Macbeth, emphasize the good in other characters. Second, the witches’ predictions and apparitions are catalysts to events that exhibit characters’ true intentions and feelings. Last, Macbeth’s own imagination exposes the guilt and contemplation he harbours over his actions. This reveals his humane side to the audience. In the face of the supernatural, many characters have the potential to discover the humanity within themselves. Firstly, the witches’ behaviours towards the protagonist, Macbeth, emphasize the good in other characters. Often when one has power, he or she has two options; he or she can wield it with responsibility or use it with no motivation. The three witches of Macbeth are excellent examples of the latter. They seemingly have no reason to hurt Macbeth, however they decide to bring about his demise. This is in contrast to Malcolm and Macduff’s desire to use their influence to overthrow…

Related Documents