imagry in macbeth






In all of Shakespeare’s plays he uses many forms of imagery. Imagery, the art of making images,
the products of imagination. In the play ‘Macbeth’ Shakespeare applies the imagery of clothing,
darkness and blood. (listed from least to most), Each detail is his imagery, it seems to contain an
important symbol of the play. Symbols that the reader must understand if they are to interpret
either the passage or the play as a whole.
Within the play ‘Macbeth’ the imagery of clothing portrays that Macbeth is seeking to hide his
"disgraceful self" from his eyes and others. Shakespeare wants to keep alive the ironical contrast
between the wretched creature that Macbeth really is and the disguises he assumes to conceal the
fact. In opinion, the reader thinks of the play honors as garments to be worn; likewise, Macbeth is
constantly represented symbolically as the wearer of robes not belonging to him. He is wearing
an undeserved dignity, which is a crucial point that Shakespeare has made. The description of the
purpose of clothing in Macbeth is the fact that these garments are not his. Therefore, Macbeth is
uncomfortable in them because he is continually conscious of the fact that they do not belong to
him. In the following passage, the idea constantly recurs that Macbeth’s new honors sit ill upon
him, like loose and badly fitting garments, belonging to someone else:
"New honours come upon him,
Like our strange garments, cleave not to their mould,
But with the aid of use."
(Act I, iii: 144)
The second form used to add to the atmosphere, the imagery of darkness. In a Shakespearean
tragedy, we have known him to create a special tone, or atmosphere to show the darkness in a
tragedy. In ‘Macbeth’, Shakespeare draws upon 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. Darkness is the time when the
traveler hastens to reach safety in his inn, when Banquo rides homeward to meet his assassins;
furthermore, it is the time when the wolf howls, the owl screams, and when murder steals forth to
his work.
In ‘Macbeth’ darkness symbolizes many things. First, and most important, it stands for the evil
and death in the play. The darkness could partially blind out all of the horrible things that occur
in the night. For, only in darkness can such evil deeds be done. Secondly, the darkness shows one
of Lady Macbeth’s weaknesses: her fear of dark. In the play, phrases of fear escape from lips
even in her sleep. She believes darkness to be the place of torment.
Within the whole drama, the sun seems to shine only twice. First, in the beautiful but ironical
passage when Duncan sees the swallows flirting round the castle of death. Another time, when at
the close of the avenging army gathers to rid the earth of its shame. Therefore, the reader can
conclude that Shakespeare portrays darkness to establish the evil parts of the play; whereas, we
employ daylight to define victory or goodness in the play.
We have known blood to all of us to represent life, death and often injury. Blood is an essential
part of life and without blood, we could not live. This is known to everyone, and because of this,
when Shakespeare uses the imagery of blood to represent treason, guilt, murder and death. We
have easily understood it and fits in perfectly with the ideas we have of blood. Therefore, this
essay weighs blood to the most important imagery of Shakespeare’s play ‘Macbeth’.
Shakespeare mentions the word blood, or different forms of it often in the play. Forty-two times
to be exact (ironically, the word fear also is used the same amount), with several other passages
dealing with imagery. Perhaps the best way to describe how the image of blood changes
throughout the play, by following the character changes in Macbeth. First, he is a brave honored
soldier, but as the play progresses, he becomes identified withe death and bloodshed, along with
showing his guilt in different forms.
The first sinister reference to blood is one of honor, showed in Act I scene ii. This occurs when
Duncan sees the injured sergeant and says "What bloody man is that?". This is symbolic of the
brave fighter who has been injured in a