Macbeth1 Essay

This essay has a total of 352 words and 2 pages.


Many critics hold that the imagery in Macbeth is more rich and dramatic than that of any
other of Shakespeare’s plays. Woven throughout the tragedy, are the recurring images of
darkness, blood, and sleep. These images aid in portraying the evilness and the moral
disintegration of the murdering tyrant Macbeth and his fiend-like queen.

The images of darkness and night symbolize evil in both mankind and Macbeth. Instruments
of darkness is referred to as the witches, the witches are consequently darkness and the
devil. Shakespeare seems to have made the witches purposely ambiguous. On the other
hand, their words and appearance suggest they are evil. However, Shakespeare also uses
them to symbolize fate. Darkness is often call upon by Lady Macbeth: “ Come, thick night,
and pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell…”(Mac.1.5.48). Lady Macbeth calls on the night
to cover her deeds with the thickest “smoke of hell,” so that “heaven” would not see the
deed and cry out to stop.

From the beginning of the second scene until the end of the entire play, Macbeth is a play
about blood, symbolic of murder and its consequences. Macbeth’s encounter with the
witness took an evil hold on him. All realization of basic morale’s such as friendship
and family become second to the evil darkness. His first act of blood shed was
accomplished Lady Macbeth. She drugged the grooms in the King’s bedchamber, and Macbeth
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