The Strength of 'Nature' in Macbeth
The 3 Wyrd Sisters
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. (1.1.1-4)
"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
"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).