Essay about What Part Does the Supernatural Play in Macbeth?

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What part does the supernatural play in Macbeth?

The word supernatural is defined as ‘Not being able to be explained by the laws of nature’. The majority of us would link the word supernatural to ghosts and paranormal activities, which these days can be proved by using complex technology. However if we look back at Shakespeare’s era in around 1606 the majority of the people there completely believed in the supernatural. Their main belief was that witches existed and had great power to change what ever they wanted. It was believed so much in this time that even King James believed that these supernatural beings existed. Although nowadays it is completely the opposite, most of us believe that these supernatural beings are just
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The three witches begin to speak to Macbeth and Banquo:

“All hail Macbeth, hail to thee Thane of Cawdor”
“All hail Macbeth, hail to thee Thane of Glamis”
“All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king here after”

The witches have now prophesied to Macbeth telling him that he will become Thane of Cawdor and will be king here after. Macbeth is only rightfully Thane of Glamis. Banquo begins to ponder this and them he himself speaks to the witches “My noble partner you greet with present grace and great prediction of noble having and of royal hope that he seems rapt withal.” Banquo here is saying to the witches ‘You greet my noble friend with the title he already has (Thane Of Glamis) and with such prophecy of further ennoblement (Thane Of Cawdor) and even royal status that he seems amazed with it all’.
The witches do not give Banquo a reply and then decide to use their supernatural powers on Banquo by saying to him:

“Lesser than Macbeth, and greater”
“No so happy yet so much happier”
“Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none”

The witches have no told Banquo that his son will become King and will be much happier than Macbeth. The witches have now prophesied to Macbeth and Banquo. Macbeth seems to be rather taken by all of this and orders the witches to tell him more by saying “Stay you imperfect speakers tell

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