Essay on Imagery in Shakespeare's Macbeth
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What is imagery? How does Shakespeare use imagery in Macbeth and his other plays? Imagery is when the audience uses their five senses while reading to create an image of what is being read in their head. Shakespeare uses imagery in the Tragedy of Macbeth and his other plays because it helps to connect the reader or audience to the characters of the play. Imagery draws a reader in and makes him experience or become a part of the character. When writing the play Macbeth, Shakespeare created an atmosphere around the characters and the overall setting of the play, with his use of massive amounts of imagery in Macbeth. Lightness and darkness are major examples of Shakespeare’s use of imagery in Macbeth. Often while Lady Macbeth is walking…show more content…
The witches have a twisted sense of humor when they tell Macbeth and Banquo of the destined future, which is really the beginning of Macbeth's power hungry ascent.
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth hallucinate numerous times before and after Duncan’s murder. The hallucinations are driving Macbeth mad and Lady Macbeth coddles her husband so that she may use him in her murderous plots. Macbeth exits Duncan’s room with blood on his hands and daggers.
“Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee.
I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.”
The blood represents how guilt he feels before the murder and obviously afterward. Macbeth murdered his king’s intoxicated guards after Duncan to make sure he was not accused and trying to absolve himself of the guilt for the murders. “Will all great Neptune’s ocean was this blood Clean from my hand? No; this my hand will rather The multitudinous seas incarnadine, Making the green one red.”
Even when the blood is washed away with water, Macbeth is still heavily weighed down with guilty; therefore the terrible guilt that weighs him down causes him to act rashly to cover up any witnesses or evidence that pertains to him or Lady Macbeth. Macbeth murders Banquo because of the witches’ prophecy that Banquo shall beget kings however he will not be one. He hallucinates that Banquo has reappeared at a dinner banquet held by Lady
Essay on Images and Imagery in Macbeth
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Imagery in Macbeth
Darkness, disorder, mayhem, fear, guilt, and hypocrisy are all important themes carried throughout William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" by the effective use of imagery in reference to ill-fitting clothing, blood, and light verses dark. Imagery in this play tiptoes its way though every scene to create a malevolent atmosphere of shame and false pretenses.
The contrast between light and dark during "Macbeth" clearly relates to the conflict between good and evil. Darkness is used throughout the play to create a desolate and disturbed atmosphere filled with disarray. Darkness is always prominent during murders and tragic events. When Macbeth realizes that Malcolm is named heir in act 1, scene 4, by…show more content…
In both appearances, light imagery is used by Shakespeare to create an uplifting, content atmosphere to ensure that the audience clearly identifies that all is well in the specific scenes. The imagery created by the use of darkness and light contributes to the ambiance used to set an appropriate and effective setting to engage and elucidate the mood for the audience during "Macbeth".
As well as light and dark imagery, blood imagery is utilized by William Shakespeare to assist the reader to recognize and become aware of the character changes occurring within Macbeth's personality. The imagery created by blood evolves throughout the play and is parallel to the changes Macbeth goes through. During the first battle scene, Duncan and Macbeth see a fallen soldier. Duncan refers to the soldier as a "bloody man" (I.II.2). In this context, the work "blood" is spoken in a way that reflects bravery, exulting the soldier who sacrificed his life for his country. At this time, Macbeth, like the injured soldier is considered courageous and admirable. As the play continues and Macbeth considers the murder of Duncan, the role blood plays in imagery shifts from valor and courage, to treason and treachery. Lady Macbeth summons evil to "Make thick [her] blood, /Stop up the access and passage to remorse," (I.V.46-47), in order to make herself numb