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Macbeth Imagery

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Colin Sinclair

on 10 November 2014

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Macbeth Imagery
Blood
"Brandished steel/Which smoked with bloody execution" (Act 1, Scene 2)
"Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from hands" (Act 2, Scene 2)
"Here's the smell of blood still. All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand" (Act 5, Scene 1)
Blood is one of the most used types of imagery used in Macbeth. It used in many ways too. The quote in act 1 scene 2 is about strength. The quote is saying Macbeth is a strong warrior and killed about of people in battle. The other two quotes are about weakness and regret. They are spoken by Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and are about trying to forget the murders they commited and how they regret them and can't get over them. They can't get the blood out of their mind.
Sleep
"Glamis hath murdered sleep, and therefore Cawdor shall sleep no more, Macbeth shall sleep no more" (Act 2, Scene @)
"Duncan is in his grave/after life's fitful fever he sleeps well" (Act 3, Scene 2)
"Had he not resembled My father as he slept, I had done't" (Act 2 Scene 2)
The imagery of sleeping or lack off sleeping symbolizes guilt and conscience in Macbeth. These quotes are after Macbeth and Lady Macbeth kill Duncan. The killing of king Duncan leads to Macbeth and Lady Macbeth feeling guilty and becoming restless.
Light and Dark
"Stars hide your fires,
Let not see my black and deep desires" (Act 1 Scene 4)
"There's husbandry in heaven; Their candles are all out" (Act 2 scene 1)
"Come seeling night,
Scarf up the tender eye of pitiful day; and with thy bloody and invisible hand cancel and tear the to pieces that great bond which keeps me pale" (Act 3, Scene 2)
Light and dark used in Macbeth to show good and evil. Everything that's bad happens at night and Macbeth calls on the night to hide his evil thoughts shown in the first quote (act 1, scene 4) and the third quote (act 3, scene 2). The other quote is Banquo talking about how dark the sky is before he gets murdered because the bad actions happened at night.
Birds
"It was an owl that shrieked, the fatal bellman, which gives the stern'st good-night" (Act 2, scene 2)
"The raven himself is hoarse that croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan Under my battlements" (Act 1, Scene 5)
"Augurs and understood relations have by magot-pies and choughs and rooks brought fourth the secret'st man of blood" (act 3, scene 6)
In Macbeth birds symbolize unfortunate events as in death or downfall. The first quote (act 1, scene 5) spoken by lady Macbeth is saying how the raven harking when Duncan enters her house means his death. Lady Macbeth knows Macbeth has killed Duncan from quote 2 (Act 2, Scene 2) the owl screeching. The third quote (Act 3, Scene 4) is symbolizing Macbeth's inner downfall.
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