Hertswood GCSE English – Macbeth: Themes – The Supernatural

Which characters present a ‘strange intelligence’? The Witches.
How does this give them power over the humans? They use their ability to predict the future to manipulate and meddle.
What are the Witches motivated by? Chaos and destruction, they want to mess with the ‘order of being’.
What do the characters’ visions? Supernatural signs of guilt.
What emotion are the visions linked to? Fear.
Whose heart is ‘sorely changed’ as a result of the guilty visions? Lady Macbeth.
How does Macbeth react to seeing Banquo’s ghost? He is agitated and nervous. His fear also makes him lose control of his speech – it links to other signs of madness later in the play.

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