Macbeth (Motif) – Weather

Underlying Idea Reflect corruption in natural order
Examples “Thunder, Rain or Lightning?” (Witches). Witches, a symbol of chaos, are attuned to bad weather. Weather is matched with corruption. SETS UP SYMBOLParallel between Duncan’s death and disorder in nature as an affirmation of the divine right theory of kingship. Relates to the Elizabethan world view, perceived order on Earth to be inherently linked with order on a larger scale. EMPHASIZES BREAK IN CHAIN AND CORRUPTION. Violent disruptions in nature (tempests, earthquakes, darkness at sunrise), parallel disruptions in natural order (Death of King Duncan)