The Natural and Supernatural Theme in Shakespeares Macbeth
Natural and SupernaturalShakespeare makes nature go haywire in Macbeth to emphasize Macbeth and Lady Macbeths unnatural behavior involved with murdering Duncan. Incredible storms rage, the earth tremors, and horses go crazy and eat each other. The unnatural events of the physical world highlight the horror of Macbeth and Lady Macbeths acts, and mirrors the warping of their souls by ambition.
BANQUO How far is't call'd to Forres? What are these So wither'd and so wild in their attire, That look not like the inhabitants o' the earth, And yet are on't? Live you? or are you aught That man may question? You seem to understand me, By each at once her choppy finger laying Upon her skinny lips: you should be women, And yet your beards forbid me to interpret That you are so.
- Act 1, Scene 3
Old Man'Tis unnatural, Even like the deed that's done. On Tuesday last, A falcon, towering in her pride of place, Was by a mousing owl hawk'd at and kill'd.
RossAnd Duncan's horsesa thing most strange and certain Beauteous and swift, the minions of their race, Turn'd wild in nature, broke their stalls, flung out, Contending 'gainst obedience, as they would make War with mankind.
Old Man'Tis said they eat each other.
- Act 2, Scene 4
MACBETH There's comfort yet; they are assailable; Then be thou jocund: ere the bat hath flown His cloister'd flight, ere to black Hecate's summons The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums Hath rung night's yawning peal, there shall be done A deed of dreadful note.
- Act 3, Scene 2
ALL Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble. 2 WITCH Fillet of a fenny snake, In the caldron boil and bake; Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing, For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble. ALL Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble. 3 WITCH Scale of dragon; tooth of wolf; Witches' mummy; maw and gulf
Of the ravin'd salt-sea shark; Root of hemlock digg'd i the dark; Liver of blaspheming Jew; Gall of goat, and slips of yew Sliver'd in the moon's eclipse; Nose of Turk, and Tartar's lips; Finger of birth-strangled babe Ditch-deliver'd by a drab, Make the gruel thick and slab: Add thereto a tiger's chaudron, For the ingrediants of our caldron. ALL. Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
- Act 4, Scene 1
Doctor A great perturbation in nature, to receive at once the benefit of sleep, and do the effects of watching!
- Act 5, Scene 1
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