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apparition represents Macduff in his battle attire. The witches call a second apparition this time the apparition is a bloody newborn child. The apparition tells, Macbeth, that anyone who is woman born will never harm him, in the lines “The power of man, for none of born/ Shall harm Macbeth.” (Macbeth, Act 4, Scene 1.) Macbeth thinks he is now immortal and will die of old age. This is where the witches tricked him. During Shakespear’s time, woman born was, a child born in the natural process, but taken from women meant a child that was born through a cesarean section. What Macbeth does not know is that Macduff was born through a cesarean section. The newborn vanishes and the witches bring another apparition to Macbeth. The next apparition is a child with a crown on his

head, holding a tree. This apparition tells him that he will not be defeated until “Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill / Shall come against him.” ( Macbeth, Act 4, Scene 1.) Macbeth is baffled. He cannot figure out how trees could walk to his castle. He, also, does not understand why the apparitions have contradicted one another. The second apparition told him that no one born of women will defeat him and then the third apparition tells him that he will be defeated. He comes to the conclusion that the third apparition means, they will never defeat him because trees will never walk. The witches, again have taken advantage of Macbeth and his logical thinking. Macbeth satisfied with these answers asks if Banquo’s sons will ever rule when he says: ” – shall Banquo’s

issue ever / Reign in this kingdom?” (Macbeth, Act 4, Scene 1) The witches tell me to ask no more questions after this one. The cauldron descends. Eight kings appear and Banquo, holding a mirror, follows them. This is not the answer Macbeth wanted to hear. Macbeth, asked questions that he did not want to know the real answers. Macbeth is enraged that he will not have a dynasty and that he has killed king Duncan for someone else to build a dynasty. Macbeth is terribly upset. The witches almost mock him after he has seen the final apparition. The witches have Macbeth so confident in himself that he believes no one will ever defeat him. Macbeth, has been positioned, by the witches, to fall from the throne. The calling of the apparitions was the last time the witches appear in the

play. Macbeth reigns unhappily for many more years. His wife becomes seriously ill and no doctor can cure her. Eventually, Malcolm, challenges Macbeth, for the throne. Macbeth, knew he was going to die because Malcolm’s army cut down the trees of Birnam forest and marched behind the trees to camouflage themselves. Macduff, seeks out Macbeth in battle to avenge the death of his family. Macduff informs Macbeth that he “was not of women born,” but, taken from women. Macduff then kills Macbeth and Malcolm, the legitimate king of Scotland claims the throne. Shakespear’s use of the supernatural in this play was incredible. He used many different aspects of the supernatural to make his play fascinating for the audience or a page turner for the reader. For me the supernatural was

definitely the most interesting part of the play. They amazed me with how well the supernatural fit into the play. The play was like the magnificent tapestry that hangs on the wall. 356