Macbeth Imagery Outline

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Thesis: In Macbeth, a play by William Shakespeare, the use of imagery with the darkness of the setting, night, and blood help to create an ominous atmosphere and contribute to the plot of the play. I. Shakespeare's use of darkness in his setting contributes to the ominous mood of the play. A. For example, the first witch states, “When shall we three meet again? In thunder, lightning, or in rain?” 1. We associate thunder, lightning, and rain with danger and things of evil. 2. Later in the play Banquo describes the three witches as “instruments of darkness”. B. And while Duncan and Macbeth are talking, Macbeth says aside, “Stars, hide your fires! Let not light see my black and deep desires”(1.4.50-51). 1. In this quote Macbeth's “black and deep desires” are about his plot to kill the Prince Malcolm, his own cousin. C. When Malcolm speaks with Macduff he claims that he will show his evil self and states”When they shall be opened, black Macbeth/ Will seem as pure as snow. . . compared/ With my confineless harms”. (4.3.52-54) 1. Darkness not only lies in the setting, but also in the characters of the play. 2. Although many have thought Macbeth was a dark person, Malcolm in this quote reveals he is actually more evil. D. The use of dark imagery conveys Shakespeare's desired mood, ominous, and helps to understand the characters. II. The use of night in the imagery have the readers associate night with violent scenes and insomnia, therefore deserting any pleasant ideas that come with night. A. One of the most important events of the play, the killing of King Duncan, occurs at night. B. After the death of Duncan, Lennox arrives the morning and describes night before to Macbeth: The night.....did shake.(2. 3) C. Shakespeare also uses night to show the consequences of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's actions. D. Again
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