Duality In Macbeth Essay

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Duality in Macbeth Light and dark are often thought about as great symbols for good verses evil. In television and movies, one will often notice that when the bad guy is pursuing some sort of evil crime or succeeding in beating the good guy, the scene will be dark to add some more intensity to the plot. While on the other hand when the good guy is doing something good and winning the action scenes, light may be reflected on them. Light verse dark is also one of the oldest known dualities, dating back to the time that God created the world. The bible states “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness” (New International Bible. Genesis 1:3-4). It is human nature to assume that goodness is shown through light and evil is shown through darkness. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, light and dark play a big role in the dualities of the characters, the setting and the imagery throughout the play. Macbeth begins with three witches talking about when to meet again. These witches are evil by nature and represent evil throughout the book. The head of these witches states in her first line, “When shall we three meet again? In thunder, lighting or in rain?” (I. i. 2-3). Shakespeare uses the weather to show that the witches represent evil, using the element of natural darkness. Because they would not dream of meeting while the weather is good, it shows imagery of something that is evil. Banquo also uses the metaphor of darkness to describe the witches as well when he refers to them as “instruments of darkness” (I. iii. 126). Shakespeare is using darkness as a noun and saying that the witches are used by the darkness to persuade his characters to change to the dark side. This is a foreshadowing to what happens throughout the play. The witches are able to bring characters that would normally
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