Examples Of Supernatural In Richard III

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Mayra Diaz Professor Briggs English 117A March 15, 2018 Richard III Subconscious or supernatural: that is the question in the Tragedy of Richard the Third’s play by William Shakespeare. The subconscious is define as thoughts or feelings that exist in the mind and influence your behavior even though you are not aware of them. The supernatural is attributed to some force beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature. Although the supernatural is important throughout Richard III, the most important phenomenon of the supernatural is planted in the prophetic dreams. Prophetic is define as accurately describing or predicting what will happen in the future. Clarence and Stanley both have dreams that prophesy either their own death, or the death of someone close to them. Clarence dreams of drowning at sea but he is instead murdered by being thrown into a wine cask by assassins that Richard hired. Stanley also predicts the killing of Hastings. What do you think is the purpose behind these foreseeing dreams? It seems that the sequence of events occurs too quickly for the dreamers to stop them. However, the dreams must have a purpose. Richard’s dreams are supernatural rather than subconscious. Richard’s dream is supernatural because he sees his future from ghosts he encounters. For instance, “The lights burn blue. It is now dead midnight. Cold fearful drops stand on my trembling flesh. What do I fear? Myself?

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