Help with thesis statement for research paper on the motif nature.I want to write about that every time it thunders or some type of bad weather, something bad happens, such as when the witches...

Help with thesis statement for research paper on the motif nature.

I want to write about that every time it thunders or some type of bad weather, something bad happens, such as when the witches come when it thunders and lightnings.

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Doug Stuva eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Concerning nature in Macbeth, you'll want to refine your thinking about nature in the play just slightly.  It's not that the thunder, etc., cause something bad to happen.  There's no direct cause and effect.

There is, however, an indirect cause and effect, but it works the opposite way of how you're thinking.  Elizabethans believed that humans and human society were one with, connected to, in relationship with everything around them, particularly the heavens.  It's not that the thunder causes bad things to happen, it's that the morbid, decayed, chaotic, unnatural affairs in Scotland cause the thunder, etc.  Although again, not directly.  I mean there's no immediate effect to it:  Macbeth doesn't kill Duncan and a blast of thunder immediately follows.  But if things are unnatural in Scotland, they will be unnatural in nature. 

Which brings us to another point you should be aware of and concentrate on.  Because of the unnatural occurrences going on in the political world of Scotland, unnatural occurrences are going on in the natural world as well. 

Bloody babies and followers killing rulers and sons thought to be killing fathers and people asking spirits and witches for help, all lead to foul weather and horses eating each other, etc.  The unnatural rules the natural world in the play. 

Those are the main points of clarification and emphasis I recommend you consider.  But, one final thought, one way to get at this motif or theme is by using imagery:  blood imagery, animal imagery, etc.