Use Of Darkness In Macbeth

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Macbeth Rough Draft In the play Macbeth by Williams Shakespeare Macbeth transitions from being an honorable man into a dark villain quick to dispatch his enemies and murder women and children in his quest for power. He stops at nothing to achieve power he foolishly thought was rightfully his. Shakespeare uses dark imagery to show Macbeth’s change in character and his eventual consumption by darkness at the end of the novel. Throughout the book darkness is a reoccurring element that predicts, describes, and reflects what is taking place. Darkness represents evil and corruptness; light, its counterpart, represents pureness and the minds which are uncontaminated by evil. Darkness gives Macbeth blinders; he is able to throw morals aside and focus…show more content…
He reasons that the witches are evil and not to be trusted “Banquo: That, trusted home,/ Might yet enkindle you unto the crown,/ Besides the Thane of Cawdor. But ‘tis strange:/ And oftentimes, to win us to our harm,/ The instruments of darkness tell us truths,/ Win us with honest trifles, to betray’s/ in deepest consequence” (1.3.129-136) Unlike Macbeth, Banquo is more cautious upon hearing the witches’ prophecies. Although he is an ambitious man himself, he recognizes that they are “instruments of darkness”. Banquo associates the witches with darkness because of their ability to earn Macbeth’s trust by telling him a truth, which he will become the Thane of Cawdor, then feeding into his ruthless ego by prophesying that we will become king. After he hears that he will become king he feels the need to make it come true, even if it means killing Duncan. At this point Macbeth is only toying with the idea of murder, showing that he is not completely corrupted by the witches’ evil ways. Darkness, like a disease, spreads quickly throughout Macbeth; the only cure for the disease is a sound…show more content…
She has light by her continually: ‘tis her command.” (5.1. 21-22) Since the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth has acted as the man in her relationship. She led Macbeth to corruption and persuaded him to kill Duncan, only to play it off as no big deal. The further along in the play we go, we discover that she cannot mentally handle the guilt that comes along with murder. Her troubled mind becomes visible when she is caught sleepwalking, telling of the murders as she goes. She orders a light to be kept by her at all times because she fears absolute darkness. This is her feeble attempt to escape the darkness she created and purify herself in the

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