The Strength of 'Nature' in Macbeth

The 3 Wyrd Sisters

Wherever the 3 Wyrd Sisters are in Macbeth, dark, stormy and 'frightening' weather is surely not far behind them.

The play begins during a terrible storm that is associated with dark forces.

When shall we three meet again
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
When the hurlyburly's done,
When the battle's lost and won.

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Rebelling Weather

"dark night tangles the traveling lamp," (2.4.9)

This quote literally means that the darkness is filling the sky and choking out the sun

The rebellious weather in Macbeth hints at the fact that the world is upset with Macbeth and his actions. All of the wind, lightning and thunder within the play indicates a disruption in the natural order of society

There is a terrible storm on the night of Duncan's murder. This hints at the corruption of the moral and political order.

The Use of Nature in the Apparitions

One of the three apparitions told to Macbeth from the 3 Wyrd Sisters brings to life the trees of the Great Birnam Forest

"Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be until

Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill

Shall come against him" (4.1.87-90).

The only way Macbeth will be defeated is when Birnam Forest makes its way to Dunsinane hill (Macbeth's castle).