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Animal

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Shakespeare uses the motif of animals and their irregular/out of character behaviour to demonstrate that unrighteous ambition and an interruption in the great chain of being will only lead to absolute chaos.
"On Tuesday last,/ A falcon tow’ring in her pride of place/ Was by a mousing owl hawked at and killed." (Act 2, Scene 4, line 11)
"And Duncan’s horses, a thing most strange and certain/ Beauteous and swift, the minions of their race,/ Turned wild in nature, broke their stalls, flung out,/ Contending ‘gainst obedience as they would/ Make war with mankind." (Act 2, Scene 4, line 14)
Macbeth: Animal Motif
Character
Conclusion
(Summary Analysis)
Bibliography
Mood/Atmosphere
-Animal noises (usually birds- specifically owls) makes the characters very paranoid which shows that they are nervous about something (murder) and sets a more uptight and distressed atmosphere
"Hark, peace! It was an owl that shrieked, the fatal bellman" (Act 2, scene 2, line 3)
-The Raven: Is also representing impending death
"The raven himself is hoarse/ That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan/ Under my battlements." (Act 1, Scene 5, line 37)
-The Falcon: Compared to a soldier because of its bravery
-Horses: Loyal and were used for travel which made people very dependent on them
-The Wolf: Ravenous hunters who stalk their prey. Again they make people uneasy and are associated with evil and violence.
"Alarumed by his sentinel, the wolf,/ Whose howl’s his watch, thus with his stealthy pace…" (Act 2, Scene 1, line 53)
Theme
http://ryanawgss.wordpress.com/2013/04/30/macbeth-animals-and-birds-3/(PIC)
http://www.behance.net/gallery/Serpent-Flowers/4624635(PIC)
http://www.1st-art-gallery.com/Claude-L.-Ferneley/Duncan's-Horses,-A-Scene-From-Macbeth.html(PIC)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9S6eBZkndc(SONG)
(SORRY COULDN'T FIND CHS STYLE GUIDE FOR PICTURES OR YOUTUBE SONG SO I HOPE THIS SUFFICES!)
Visual Media Bibliography
A snake often represents treachery and wiliness, a characteristic which Macbeth wishes, and comes to emanate.
"Your hand, your tongue; look th’innocent flower,/ But be the serpent under’t. He that’s coming" (Act 1, Scene 5, line 63)
Banquo's observations of a martlet are used to characterize Duncan as unsuspecting and innocent, though it is unintentional on Banquo's part.
"{The martlet} Smells wooingly here: no jutty, frieze/Buttress nor coign of vantage, but this bird" (Act 1, Scene 6, line 6)
The aforementioned reference to a wolf is also used to reinforce Macbeth as treacherous.
Weller, Philip. Macbeth Navigators: Birds. Philip Weller, 2013. Web. 6 Nov. 2013 <http://www.shakespeare-navigators.com/macbeth/Birds.html>

Eugeniaoh. Macbeth Reading Blog (B2): Animal Motif. eugeniaoh, 2010. Web. 6 Nov. 2013 <http://eugeniaoh.wordpress.com/2010/11/29/b2/>

Cass, Carrigan. Copy of Macbeth: Animal imagery and Symbolism. Prezi, 2013. Web. 19 Nov. 2013 <http://prezi.com/th2rltks9kof/copy-of-macbeth-animal-imagery-and-symbolism/>
Animals play a prominent role in the play. They serve to demonstrate the imbalance of nature taking place throughout Scotland. They (not unlike the characters in the play) have instinctual behaviours and particular traits, good or bad, which are utterly reversed after Macbeth's treachery.
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