How can  I explain in the best possible way, how God's natural disorder was reflected on the night Duncan died? What evidence can support this?I need to relate how the natural disporder in...

How can  I explain in the best possible way, how God's natural disorder was reflected on the night Duncan died? What evidence can support this?

I need to relate how the natural disporder in thoses eras had a huge impact on something wrong happening. What did the era of people believe in at this time. Not sure if it is a history question a literacy one. But need to relate his question in my macbeth assignment. what significent did  faith cause especially when some believed in wichcraft like james the 1st.

Please help,paper needs to be submitted by monday uk time.

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A good starting point would be thinking about the hierarchy of being and the relationships among the different orders. The Elizabethan World Picture, a short book by Tillyard, does a very good job of explaining this concept. Essentially, in the religious and philosophical views of the period, all earthly creatures were grouped into four orders, mineral, vegetable, animal, and human, and the heavenly ones into other orders. Just as God was supreme among celestial beings, so the king was supreme among terrestrial ones. Perturbations of one order were echoed in parallel in other orders – so that, novas, for example, which disturbed the celestial order portended disasters or other extraordinary occurrences on earth. The interconnections among beings within these hierarchies allowed for magic and astrology, where acts performed on or revealed by one part of the hierarchy could affect or give information about another part.

The owl might be the major omen for the night of Duncan’s death.

Using this notion of the order of nature being perturbed, look at the witches’ prophecy of the conditions necessary for Macbeth to die – the disorder of a king’s death required an overturning of the normal course of human events (man not born of woman but untimely ripped from mother’s womb) and a moving forest. The apparent disorder of these events restores the true order which was usurped by Macbeth.

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