Macbeth - supernatural and spirits


In the play "Macbeth", there are many interesting sections that concentrate on the suspense and the involvement of the supernatural. The use of the supernatural in the witches, Lady Macbeth, nature, the vision, the ghost and the apparitions are all key elements in making "Macbeth" as a tragedy play. With the sense of the supernatural and interference of the spirits, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are led to dangerous tempting things. Macbeth?s character becomes completely different from the brave soldier to the evil king and to his tragic death where he discovers humility again when it is too late. Lady Macbeth?s character also changes from being a loving wife and masculine woman to madness woman. The use of supernatural also makes the play interesting to the audience. Examining certain scenes of the play, it is noticed that the supernatural is definitely a major factor on the play?s style.

The use of supernatural occurs at the beginning of the play, with three witches predicting the fate of Macbeth. "When the battles lost and won", it says Macbeth?s fate is that he will win the battle, but will lose his time of victory for the battle of his soul. The prophecies that revealed by the witches bring a broad temptation to Macbeth that had been in his secret all along for being a king, "My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical". This shows that Macbeth ambition is present before the prophecies. He would never have thought seriously about killing Duncan without the witches. His temptation makes him doing whatever he can to gain power of the throne as prophesied by witches because he thinks the only way to gain the power of the throne is by killing Duncan, which is an easier plan and the ways he makes to the throne show evilness that gradually increased in his actions by murder Duncan, Banquo and Macduff?s family.

The presence of the witches also gives a huge impact in making the play more interesting. These witches have very strange features; old people in a group of three with dirty and broken cloths, bearded, and no eyes. These features keep the audience hooked to the play and the suspense increases with every scary sound that produced by witches.

The supernatural element also taking place in Lady Macbeth?s soliloquy of calling upon evil spirits to give her power to plot the murder of Duncan without any remorse or conscience. "Come, you spirits?unsex me here and fill me?of direst cruelty?come to my woman?s breasts for gall", her soliloquy shows that she relied on the supernatural by asking for the spirit to get rid of her natural feelings of compassion by making her cruel. The interference with the supernatural might cause her be possessed by ghost when she goes mad and sees blood on her hands.

On the night Macbeth and Lady Macbeth plan to kill Duncan, the nature acting very strangely, "the moon is down?their candles are all out". It says that there is no moon and no stars in the sky. "The obscure bird clamored the livelong night", this shows that the owl keep crying out the whole night. This nature of darkness together with the crying owl evokes of evilness in the night when Duncan is killed. The strange behaviour in nature shows the existence of supernatural and it creates a perfect scene for the accursed murder. The darkness and the sound of the owl make the play becomes more real and interesting for the audience.

As Macbeth awaits for the signal to make his way up to the stairs, he sees floating dagger and said "Thou marshal?st me the way that I was going; and such an instrument I was to use?there?s no such thing. It is the bloody business which informs". Here, Macbeth begins to question whether his mind playing tricks on him or there is presence of evil that put the dagger which being covered with blood. This shows that there is interference of supernatural that leads Macbeth towards the Duncan?s chamber to do the murder. The dagger symbolizes the point of no return for Macbeth. If he chooses the path in which the dagger leads, there will be no turning back.

After Macbeth did the murder, he becomes a king. Although he has already achieve his goal to be a king, he begins to be greedier to not let the