Macbeth Essay

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Imagery of Light & Darkness in Macbeth The contrast between light and dark in Macbeth can best be seen through the dialogue of the characters and the ambiance of scenes in the play. The characters in Macbeth make several references to light and darkness throughout the play. In act 1, scene 1 the three witches are talking and the first witch says "When shall we three meet again? In thunder, lightning, or in rain?" This is a good example of darkness imagery because when crashing thunder, lightning and rain come to mind, they all remind you of evil and ominous things. There is also a total reversal of values shown by the use of oxymoronic language. In act 1, scene 3 Macbeth and Banquo come across the witches and when Banquo says "And oftentimes, to win us to our harm, the instruments of darkness tell us truths,". He recognizes the witches as instruments of darkness and also recognizes their evil. In act 1 scene 4, we see the start of a recurring image in Macbeth, who is choosing the path of evil, we see the image of darkness. This soliloquy sheds much light on Macbeth's inner thoughts and feelings. Duncan's announcement comes as a great shock to Macbeth. He considers it to be an obstacle standing between him and the crown. Thus, he feels upset and frustrated. He has dreamt of the crown and the throne for a long time. Yet, now his hopes are dashed. We see Lady Macbeth sharing her husband's ambition in act 1 scene 5 and calls on evil spirits to give her the strength to undertake the murder of Duncan,in her soliloquy. “Come, thick night, /And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell, /That my keen knife see not the wound it makes, /Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark /To cry “Hold, hold!”” In act 2 scene 1, Banquo says “There’s husbandry in heaven; /Their candles are all out.” This is to symbolize that darkness over. In Macbeth's

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