Witchcraft rest of the characters. In 1604, during

Witchcraft is presented as a representation of the struggle between the natural and unnatural order and the main cause of Macbeth’s self-assured hubris. Shakespeare utilises supernatural elements to impose an unnatural order on what’s good and natural to highlight the fatal consequences of witchcraft to his Jacobean audience.Starting with the extract, the witches are accompanied by “thunder and lightning”, accentuating the presence of danger. A daunting atmosphere is created through the use of pathetic fallacy, as the witches appear to “hover through fog and filthy air” which makes them seem ambiguous as they can’t be seen properly. In particular, the noun “fog” has connotations of obscurity and vagueness which alludes to Macbeth’s willingness to blindly follow the witches’ prophecies. The verb “hover” is derived from the old dutch word “court”, which advocates the idea that the witches are higher beings that are watching and manipulating the course of action within Macbeth and it is as though they are a sort of legislative court or perhaps even playing “God” as they make divinations and possibly alter Macbeth’s fate, resulting in his pride and ultimate downfall. It is stated in Christian scriptures (Jeremiah 29:11) that God “knows the plans I (he) have made for you”, this shows that God knows people’s ultimate destiny and that the witches must have god-like powers to predict Macbeth’s fate further supports the idea that the witches are not only able to use their supernatural powers to disrupt the natural and unnatural order but also the great chain of Being that Jacobeans greatly respected. Furthermore, the quote exemplifies the witches’ supernatural powers as they always appear in sinister settings, usually in deserted places. This gives them a sense of isolation and secrecy which highlights the fact that they are seperated from the rest of the characters. In 1604, during King James VI reign, witchcraft was made a capital offence