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Macbeth - Themes, Motifs & Symbols.

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Mary Miller

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MACBETH Themes, Motifs, and Symbols Hallucinations Symbols: "Is this a dagger which I see before me.
the handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee.
I have not, and yet I see thee still.
Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
To feeling as to sight, or art thou but
A dagger of the mind, a false creation,
Proceeding from a heat-oppressèd brain?" (2.1.33-39)
-Banquos's ghost Blood "Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood
Clean from my hand? No; this my hand will rather
The multitudinous seas incarnadine,
Making the green one red" (2.2.59-62). Symbolizes Themes -Guilt is symbolized which is seen in this quote after Macbeth murders Duncan. The Nature of Violence: every violent act leads inevitably to the next, regardless if it was for selfish reasons or not. Through all of the violence, there is a lot of bloodshed:
-The beginning battle
-Duncan's murder
-Banquo's murder
-The murder of the MacDuffs. -The weather symbolizes the evil and darkness throughout the play.
-The birds show the motif reversal of nature; this is seen when the falcon is killed by the owl. Symbols Reversal of Nature Nature and the Unnatural THEMES "Some say, the earth Was feverous and did shake" (2.3.54-55). "'Tis unnatural,
Even likke the deed that's done. On Tuesday last
A falcon, tow'ring in her pride of place,
Was by a mousing owl hawked at and killed" (2.4.10-13). Themes Prophecy Sleep “Methought I heard a voice cry “Sleep no more!
Macbeth does murder sleep”–the innocent sleep,
Sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care,
The death of each day’s life, sore labor’s bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course,
Chief nourisher in life’s feast” (2.2.34-39). Symbolizes -Innocence
-Peace of Mind
For Macbeth, it represents guilt. Once the Macbeth's kill Duncan, they murder sleep as well. Lady Macbeth sleepwalks while Macbeth becomes haunted by his nightmares. The King represents the good. If the King is good, then the harvests and weather will be good. When Macbeth kills the King, nature becomes out of control. Storms begin to rage, it is always dark, there are earth tremors, and the animals go mad and eat one another. This represents the Macbeth's horrible acts. Fate The weird sisters, or the witches, tell the first prophecy to Macbeth and Banquo. It makes you question fate, which is a theme in Macbeth. Is it real or is there action that is necessary to make the prophecy real? Would the prophecy come true regardless of Macbeth's actions?
-Macbeth acts by killing Duncan; he tries to master fate. "The spirits that know
All mortal consequences have pronounce me thus: 'Fear not, Macbeth; no man that's born of woman
Shall e'er have power upon thee'"(5.3.4-7). Works Cited
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