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Macbeth: Imagery - Paper

Macbeth: Imagery


In his plays, Shakespeare uses many forms of imagery. Many forms of his
imagery are used in his play `Macbeth,' including the forms of clothing and
darkness. Each detail in his imagery, it seems to me, contains an important
symbol of the play, and symbols that we must understand if we are to
understand either the passage it is in, or the play as a whole.

In `Macbeth' I think that the imagery of clothing is used to suggest that
throughout the play, Macbeth is seeking to hide his "disgraceful self" from
his eyes and from others. I think that Shakespeare wants to keep alive the
ironical contrast between the wretched creature that Macbeth really is and
the disguises he assumes to conceal the ...

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recurs that Macbeth's new honours
sit ill upon him, like a loose and badly fitting garment, belonging to
someone else:

New honours come upon him,
Like our strange garments, cleave not to their mould,
But with the aid of use.
(1.3.144)

The second, most important chain of imagery used to add to the atmosphere
is that of the imagery of darkness. In a Shakespearean tragedy a special
tone, or atmosphere must be created to show the darkness and blackness in a
tragedy. In Macbeth, Shakespeare uses the design of the witches, the guilt
in Macbeth's soul, and the darkness of the night to establish the
atmosphere. All of the remarkable scenes take place at night or in some
dark spot; for instance, the vision of the dagger, the murder of Duncan,
the murder of Banquo, and Lady Macbeth's sleep-walking, all occur at night.
Darkness is the time when the traveller hastens to reach safety in his inn,
when Banquo rides homeward to meet his assassins; furthermore, it is the
time when ...

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Added: 6/12/2007 07:09:39 AM
Category: Arts
Type: Premium Paper
Words: 556
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