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Transcript of Macbeth Presentation
Phenomena Act III Scene iv Act III scene iv Role of Magic and Supernatural Phenomena Act I, Scene iii Apparitions Role of Apparitions Witches Introduction First Apparition; armed head
Second Apparition; bloody child
no man born of a woman can harm him
Third Apparition; crowned child with tree
beware Birnam at Dunsinane Hill Represent Macbeth’s evil ambitions and desires
greed for power and control
Damages mental health
Example: listens to witches and apparation's Scene begins at Macbeth's castle with the start of the royal banquet
The murderer declares Banquo to be dead, and Fleance to have escaped
Macbeth sees the ghost of Banquo enter and sit in his place
Macbeth converses with Lady Macbeth about Macduff
He decides he is going to visit the witches again Another sign of emotional deterioration
Did not think twice about murdering Banquo
Jealousy of the prophecy of Banquo's sons
supposedly were going to become kings
develops an anger towards Banquo without logical reasons, relying solely on the prophecies of the witches Contrast Supernatural vs. Magic Supernatural includes hallucinations Magic is used with spells and practice Act IV Scene i Compare and Contrast use of magic
shows the witches influence on Macbeth
uses rhyme throughout the scene Play opens with three weird sisters
sets the mood
use charms, spells, and prophecies to manipulate Macbeth
devil pulls you in with the truth, then gets you with a lie Gives first prophecies
Thane of Glamis
Thane of Cawdor
lesser than Macbeth but greater
not as happy as Macbeth but happier
thou shalt kings, though thou be none Supernatural Phenomena is essential part of structure of the plot
Provides substance for action
Provides insight into character
Impacts many of the scenes and serves to create suspense Three Witches Webster dictionary defines supernatural as of or relating to an order of existence beyond the visible observable universe; especially : of or relating to God or a god, demigod, spirit, or devil and magic is defined as the use of means (as charms or spells) believed to have supernatural power over natural forces The impact of the supernatural forces in "Macbeth" are the motivations for the actions of the main characters throughout the play. Seeing Banquo's ghost represents Macbeth going crazy from the guilt
The witches represent Macbeths' drive for power
Witches and apparitions predictions feed Macbeth's craziness and cause his mental health to deteriorate Supernatural theme of play corresponds to James’ opinion of divine rights of monarchs
James was fascinated by witchcraft and supernatural
17th century was era of extremes – inquisition at its height and witch-burnings popular in Britain and European continent
wrote a book on witches and demons which caused a controversial debate on the subject of magic and supernatural The magic and supernatural phenomena in Macbeth plays a crucial role when negatively influencing Macbeths actions and damaging his mental and emotional health Apparitions Banquo's Ghost makes Macbeth fearful
sets the tone for both scenes uses supernatural behavior (hallucinations)
depicts his guilty conscience
uses iambic pentameter Supernatural vs. Magic Magic is considered a subcatergory of supernatural
magic only includes spells, charms, etc.
supernatural can include hallunications, unnatural powers, magic, etc.
"Commonly, magic is perceived as either white magic or black magic. Black magic consists of the spells, charms, and potions that do harm and white magic of those that are either benign or do good."
http://www.paranormal-encyclopedia.com/m/magic/ http://students.cis.uab.edu/black790/Macbeth.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/standard/english/macbeth/images/witches1_546x307.gif Supernatural and Magic: Compare and contrast two scenes on the basis of the kind of supernatural phenomena and magic that appear in them or to which character(s) attribute an important function. Discuss the role supernatural phenomena and magic play or are said to play in the play. Be sure to consider the source of the supernatural/magic and who practices it on whom. Conclusion Information from the previous slide supports our original thesis which states that supernatural and magic influence Macbeth's actions and damage his mental and emotional health The ambiguous prophecies of the evil witches deliberately mislead Macbeth and his wife to murder the King to satisfy their lust for power.
Banquo's ghost occupies Macbeth's seat at the banquet and prompts Macbeth to remark in the presence of other nobles of Scotland. This shows that the supernatural have deteriorated Macbeth's mental and emotional stability. Each of the supernatural occurrences cause action or are the cause of an action. Without the witches and their prophecy Lady Macbeth wouldn't have pushed Macbeth to murder the king which wouldn't have set the plot in motion. When Macbeth then murders Banquo, Banquo's ghost appears during the banquet scene to show character insight. The supernatural is the very essence of the play. The previous clip was Rupert Goold's interpretation of this scene
"Which of you have done this?"
"Thou canst not say i did it/Never shake thy gory locks at me"
"Are you a man?" Hallucination - An experience involving the perception of something not present
Hallucination of Banquo's ghost
caused by his guilty conscience
symbol of emotional deterioration https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTBRinr1svleWuUXvqwzetS7FriOUOo74ZNLLOFJqw6lFpNlWI9AA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaIfPfZ7C5)