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Supernatural in Shakespeares Plays Hamlet and Macbeth

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In the time of William Shakespeare there was a strong belief
in the existence of the supernatural. Thus, the supernatural is a
recurring aspect in many of Mr. Shakespeare_s plays. In two such plays, Hamlet and Macbeth, the supernatural is an integral part of
the structure of the plot. It provides a catalyst for action, an insight into character, and augments the impact of many key scenes.
The supernatural appears to the audience in many varied forms. In Hamlet there appears perhaps the most notable of the supernatural
forms, the ghost. However, in Macbeth, not only does a ghost appear but a floating dagger, witches, and prophetic apparitions make
appearances. The role of the supernatural is very important in Hamlet and Macbeth.

A ghost, appearing in the form of Hamlet_s father, makes several appearances in the play. It first appears to the watchmen,
Marcellus and Bernardo, along with Horatio near the guardsmens? post. The ghost says nothing to them and is perceived with fear and
apprehension, _It harrows me with fear and wonder_. It is not until
the appearance of Hamlet that the ghost speaks, and only then after
Horatio has expressed his fears about Hamlet following it, _What if it
tempt you toward the flood, my lord, or to the dreadful summit of the

The conversation between the ghost and Hamlet serves as a
catalyst for Hamlet_s later actions and provides insight into Hamlet_s
character. The information the ghost reveals incites Hamlet into
action against a situation he was already uncomfortable with, and now
even more so. Hamlet is not quick to believe the ghost, _The spirit
that I have seen may be a devil? and perhaps out of my weakness and
my melancholy..abuses me to damn me_, and thus an aspect of Hamlet_s
character is revealed. Hamlet, having no suspicion of the ghost after
the production by the players, encounters the ghost next in his
mother_s room. In this scene the ghost makes an appearance to _whet_
Hamlet_s _almost blunted purpose_. Hamlet is now convinced of the
ghost and he ...

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