Comparing Macbeth 'And The Woman In Black'

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This essay is about the similarities of the supernatural features in the play ‘Macbeth’ and the novel ‘The Woman in Black’ and the side by side comparisons that can be made. In act 1 scene 2, Macbeth speaks a soliloquy about a dagger that he appears to be hallucinating, ‘Is this a dagger I see before me, the handle towards my hand?’ This scene implies supernatural happenings but leads us to question whether Macbeth is just going insane from the weight of killing the king. He uses a rhetorical question, which makes the audience question him because if Macbeth is unsure of his own senses then who is to say he is sane. The rhetorical question has more use than one because it also shows he is feeling very conflicted about whether he should honour his promise to Lady Macbeth and kill Duncan or be loyal to his king. This was a very foreign concept at the time because of the divine right of kings. This links to chapter 6 of the Woman in Black ‘the sound of a pony trap’ when Kipps says ‘then I realised that the mist played tricks with sound as well as light’. This quote is again about self-doubt and not believing what is seen. Also, in this quote there is personification of the mist, the use of personification here adds to the fear of the supernatural in a…show more content…
Given that Kipps is a very logical person and simply does not believe in the supernatural so when he starts

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