Supernatural

Shakespreare's use of supernatural in Macbeth

Act 2. scene 4. page 30

"Tis unatural,

Even like the deed thats done. On Tuesday last a falcon towering in her pride of place was by a mousing owl hawk'd at and kill'd. And Duncan's horses-a 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."


  • murder of Duncan
  • horses eat eachother
  • an owl killed a falcon

Shakespeare uses this quote to really show how Duncan's murder was very shocking, just like if the events in this quote were to really happen.

Act 3. scene 4. page 44

"Avant ! and quit my sight ! let the earth hide thee ! Thy bones are marrowless, thy blood is cold; Thou hast no speculation in those eyes which thou dost glare with."


  • Macbeth talking to the ghost of Banquo

Shakespeare added this section because he wants the audience to know that Macbeth has really reached the peak in his road of gulit.

Act 4. scene 1. page 51-52

"Scale of a dragon, tooth of wolf, witches' mummy,......liver of blaspheming Jew.....nose of a turk and tartar's lips, Finger of birth-strangled babe ditch deliver'd by a drab."


  • All the ingredients for the spell
  • created by the witches'

Shakespeare is trying to scare the audience the audience and catch their attention by naming all the unrealistic ingredients of the potion.