What role is played by the supernatural in Act 1?

What role is played by the supernatural in Act 1?

What role is played by the supernatural in Act 1?

What role is played by the supernatural in Act 1?

The witches serve as catalysts in the opening act of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.  They initiate the conflict that leads to the rising action of the play. They know ahead of time who’s going to win the battle, they know where Macbeth will be after the battle, and when they meet with him they tell him he will be Cawdor and king.  When Macbeth finds out that he has, indeed, been named Cawdor, his natural instinct is to take steps to secure the thrown for himself. Of course, not everyone agrees the witches are supernatural.  Some commentators cite evidence that suggests they are just very smart and manipulative.  For instance, Duncan names Macbeth as the Thane of Cawdor before the witches make their prediction to Macbeth.  There’s not necessarily anything supernatural about the witches knowing this. Regardless, though, of whether or not you see the witches as supernatural, they still serve as catalysts in the play.
What role is played by the supernatural in Act 1?
What role is played by the supernatural in Act 1?
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What role is played by the supernatural in Act 1?
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