The Use Of Birds In Poe's The Raven

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Every single day, we go about our normal lives thinking we’re safe. But are we really safe; are we actually just unaware of who or what is our enemy. Lots of us might say because we are constantly living a life looking down on people that we are safe and not in harms way. But Shakespeare uses this commonly used idea and crushes it. Shakespeare conveys through birds (and their normal habit of looking upon people from the skies) that the characters use of birds as the excuse for their safety or actions, is flawed. Topic sentence? Lady Macduff asks how her son will fare, with the fleeing of his father. The son responds accordingly: “as birds do, mother. ” (153 act. scene, line number). His response is very interesting, when we consider what…show more content…
What we usually know about ravens is how they represent death; this assumption mainly comes from its usage in Edgar Allen Poe’s, The Raven. Her usage of a raven is not surprising, simply because later that night Macbeth ends up killing him. On another note, her usage of this raven shows how she is using it as the reason for killing Duncan. The reason this is the case is because it seems when she uses it that she is saying because the ravens is their welcoming Duncan to there home, that this is the reason they perform the deed. She is merely using it as an excuse to kill Duncan. Similarly, right before Macbeth kills Duncan, Lady Macbeth says this quote, “it was the owl that shrieked, the fatal bellman” (55.5). In this quote, her use of birds is very interesting. It was shown in the last quotation that a raven was used to represent death. In this quotation she uses an owl to represent this death. This lack of consistency shows how lady Macbeth is simply using them as an excuse to kill Duncan. Further proving this point, is when she says the fatal bellman. In this context she is saying that because this owl shrieks Macbeth must kill Duncan. With this in mind, we take into consider how lady Macbeth ends up dying towards the end of the book showing how Shakespeare believes that Lady Macbeth shouldn’t use birds as an excuse for her
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