What are seven unnatural events seen in Act II of Macbeth?

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To exemplify the unnatural events in Act II of Macbeth, one must first define the term "unnatural".  For the purpose of this answer, "unnatural" will be defined as the following:

From The Free Dictionary:
1. contrary to nature; abnormal 2. not in accordance with accepted standards of behaviour or right and wrong unnatural love 3. uncanny; supernatural unnatural phenomena 4. affected or forced an unnatural manner 5. inhuman or monstrous; wicked an unnatural crime 6. Obsolete illegitimate
Based upon these definitions, one can assign the seven unnatural events in Act II of Macbeth. 1. Macbeth's vision of the dagger- he is hallucinating 2. Macbeth speaks about witchcraft- supernatural phenomena 3. Lady Macbeth has drugged the guards- inhuman/monstrous behavior 4. Macbeth kills Duncan- inhuman/monstrous behavior 5. Macbeth cannot say "Amen"- affected or forced an unnatural manner/not in accordance with accepted standards of behaviour 6. Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth not to think about his actions- not in accordance with accepted standards of behaviour 7. Macbeth's knowledge that he will no longer be able to sleep (he recognizes the fact that he may go mad)-affected or forced an unnatural manner


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