Macbeth - Evil And Darkness Essays and Papers

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Macbeth - Evil And Darkness

The play "Macbeth" by Shakespeare is jam-packed with malfeasance and darkness. All actions
taken by Macbeth, his wife, Lady Macbeth, the witches and Hecate have immoral intentions
and/or evil outcomes. An example of such is Lady Macbeth's dark intentions to quicken
Macbeth's crowning, fuelled Macbeth's "vaulting ambition[s]" (Act 1 scene 7 line 27) to
murder anyone or anything that stood in his path of a long reign.

Shakespear e often uses darkness and will frequently set the scene as a dark and stormy
night. This depicts that evil happenings are occurring or are about to take place. There
are at least three examples of this in "Macbeth". "The night has been unruly: where we
lay,/Our chimneys were blown down; and, as they say,/Lamentings heard i' the air; strange
screams of death,..." (Act 2 scene 3 line 54-56). "Three score and ten I can remember
well;/Within the volume of which time I have seen/Hours of dreadful and things strange,
but this sore night/Hath trifled former knowings." (Act 2 scene 4 line 1-4). Both these
quotes are talking about the night of Duncan's death. They are showing the comparisons
between the natural unruliness and the anomalous disaster. "And yet dark night strangles
the travelling lamp." (Act 2 scene 4 line 7) is a metaphor for both the murder of Duncan
and the night in which it transpired. A dark and stormy image is also portrayed when
pernicious characters (ie. the witches, Macbeth and the murderers) meet.

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