Extended Essay- Final Version 3

Extended Essay- Final Version 3 - Page | 1 Subject: English...

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P a g e | 1 Subject: English The Role of the Supernatural in Macbeth Abstract William Shakespeare’s Macbeth is perhaps one of the most recognized and contorted plays by Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s play Macbeth proclaims a tale of disparity as a man consumed by ambition and lust is unable to relieve himself bringing destruction to him and the land. This dissertation examines the role of the supernatural in Macbeth, placing emphasis on the visions and hallucinations, unnatural occurrences, and the witches. The paper conveys the correlation between the supernatural elements, characters, and the plot, as the supernatural adds dramatic tension bringing the story to life. The visions and hallucinations throughout the play can be seen as a manifestation of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's own guilt and remorse for their fabricated deeds. Macbeth’s and Lady Macbeth’s eagerness, desire for power and wealth breed evil thoughts and allusions falsifying the veracity of their deeds. The unnatural occurrences reflect disposition and irregularity in the natural world. Macbeth’s obsession and fixation with the witches and the prophecies further the plot giving insight to Macbeth and his intentions. As
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P a g e | 2 a result of his intentions, coupled with the supernatural, Macbeth is condemned to disorder and despair. Through this analysis, this essay attempts to prove the significance of the supernatural as a vital and moral component in Macbeth . CONTENTS Abstract . ............................................................................................................................ .......... 1 Contents. ............................................................................................................................ .......... 2 Introduction. ...................................................................................................................... .......... 3 Body. ................................................................................................................................... ......... 4 Conclusion. ......................................................................................................................... ......... 15
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P a g e | 3 The supernatural is an exuberant element commonly used in literature for depth and an extra dimension. Shakespeare used the elements of the supernatural in many plays to beguile the curiosity and interest of the audience, but none as much as Macbeth . The supernatural plays a significant role in the tragedy Macbeth as it reveals dark and pessimistic phases in the life of Macbeth. Shakespeare uses the supernatural to the fullest extent by revealing the unnatural influences around humans and challenging the people’s belief. The supernatural elements are used more morally rather than physically representing the characters’ motivation.
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P a g e | 4 Throughout Macbeth the supernatural forces serve as a significant undertone inducing style and certain attributes of a great tragedy binding elements of
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