FC: Examples of the occult in Macbeth | By Wesley Grigg
1: Macbeth and the Occult
2: We are | The witches | *The three witches in Macbeth play a big role with Macbeth. *In the play, when Macbeth first meets the witches Banquo is with him. The witches give Macbeth a prophecy that provides his ambition, but when they give Banquo his prophecy he does not seem to take to it as quickly as Macbeth. *This could represent the battle between good and evil inside every person. Macbeth goes to the side of evil with his ambition and Banquo leans to the side of good.
4: The witches cont. | *Banquo was an ancestor of King James the 1st. So Shakespeare made the witches say that Banquo would father many kings. *The witches can not make Macbeth do anything, but they can back up his thoughts with conformations in the form of prophecies. *They can also confuse him by talking in riddles. “Foul is fair and fair is foul".
6: Duncan's murder | *Duncan's murder scene is full of occult settings. *The floating dagger is a big part of the scene it all depends on how the director wants to show it. If the dagger is visible than the audience can interpret that the witches are driving his motives. If it is invisible then the audience can say that Macbeth is going insane because of his ambition. *The owl in the scene can be is supposed to represent Hecate's messenger. Macbeth refers to this by saying "Witchcraft celebrates pale Hecate's offerings; and withered murder, alarmed by his sentinel, the wolf.
8: *The ghost of Banquo appears only to Macbeth. This could represent that he is falling deeper into insanity. *Macbeth's wife dismisses the guest for fear that he will tell of all the murders that he has committed. *She is trying to calm him because she does not know exactly what he is looking at. | Banquo's ghost
10: The apparitions | *The second time Macbeth see the witches the give him three new prophecies with the help of three apparitions. *The first is a "armed head " saying that he should fear the Thane of Fife representing Macduff. The armed helmet could represent Macduff in his battle gear. *The second is a bloody child saying that he should not fear any man of women born. This could also represent Macduff when he was born. *The third was a boy wearing a crown holding a tree. This could represent Malcome and how he will move Birnam woods
12: The Curse of Macbeth | *Macbeth's curse dates back to the 1600 when people thought that the witch incarnations were real and were the reason for many coincidental events. *Failing theaters would also put on this play so on the play was also known as "the play of the failing theaters".
14: The curse of Macbeth cont. | *William Shakespeare gave the crowd a step by step guide to witchcraft. *It is said that the people who played the witches were not pleased by the public exposure of witchcraft and cast an actual spell on the play itself. *In 1606 William Shakespeare had to play Lady Macbeth himself because the boy who was supposed to play her became feverish and died. *Also King James the first was so displeased with the play that he banned it for five years.
16: Macbeth's curse cont. | *In 1672 it is said that while the play was being performed in Amsterdam the actor playing Macbeth substituted the fake dagger for a real one and killed the actor playing Duncan in plain view of the audience. *IN 1942, three actors ,Duncan and two witches died, and the set designer and costume designer committed suicide.
18: The curse of Macbeth. Fact or Faked? | *Some odd things have happened while Macbeth was being performed. No one can argue with that. *Does saying the word Macbeth have anything to do with them or is it all a coincidence? *The curse is all what you want to believe. whether it is a curse or just a coincidence we may never know.
20: Work cited | http://www.siskiyous.edu/theatre/theatersuperstitions/macbeth.htm http://pretallez.com/onstage/theatre/broadway/macbeth/macbeth_curse.html http://missing-link.hubpages.com/hub/Dark-Forces-of-the-Occult-Within-Shakespeares-Macbeth