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What are some comparisons between Shakespeare's Macbeth and Miller's The Crucible

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The most important similarity between the two plays is that they show how the supernatural can be manipulated for the sake of earthly power. Macbeth effectively enters into a pact with the forces of darkness in murdering Duncan and establishing himself on the Scottish throne. Yet these forces are very real, as can be seen from the ability of the Weird Sisters to whip up a frightening storm. Contrast this with The Crucible. Here, there's no actual witchcraft involved, no supernatural forces at work. What there is, however, is the fear of witchcraft, which keeps the entire town of Salem in the grip of mass hysteria and authority figures like Reverend Parris firmly in control.

In both plays, the question of the existence of the supernatural is largely irrelevant. What matters is how the relevant characters regard the supernatural and how they use it for their own ends. Reverend Parris believes in the forces of darkness as much as Macbeth , but like the Scottish tyrant, he's also a worldly...

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