Juxtaposition In Macbeth

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Macbeth is a relatively simple play that was written by Shakespeare during the Elizabethan times. In writing Macbeth, Shakespeare created an almost perfect plot line, (with no sub plot) a short introduction, rapid rising action, a climax that occurs half way through the play, followed by rapid and intense falling action and a brief conclusion. One of Shakespeare's reasons for writing the play was to illustrate the terrible consequences of murdering a king. The play was first performed in 1605, the year of the Gunpowder Plot, and this theme would be very politically acceptable to an audience composed of members of the Royal court. Shakespeare shows the murderers of a king tormented by their own guilt and driven to their doom. The first two…show more content…
The unifying function of the paradox is sustained by Shakespeare on different levels in the play, through techniques such as juxtaposition and irony. At first reading, the witches seem to insinuate that what appears good is evil and what appears evil can be good, implying that noble values of goodness and beauty are reversed in the confused atmosphere (“fog and filthy air”). The really frightening word is “is”. According to the three witches what is fair – good, beautiful, right – is foul – ugly, shameful, wicked. The two things are identical. If they are, moral words collapse; if good equates with evil, then neither good (“fair”) nor evil (“foul) has any meaning at all. The ambiguous nature of moral values and indistinguishableness between fair and foul generates an atmosphere of confusion, and subsequently, dramatic tension of uncertainty in the play. This dramatic perplexity is sustained by the characters throughout the play, such as the moment when Macbeth describes the day in Act 1 Scene 3: “So foul and fair a day I have not…show more content…
This specific metaphor compares the use of clothing and what they represent with several different themes found within the play. The themes of appearance and reality, fate and free will as well as ambition are all aided by Shakespeare's extended use of this metaphor. Shakespeare makes a comparison between clothing and a characters role within society. Like clothing, the characters have the ability to give or take away roles and most of the roles gained are ill fitting and second

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