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analising key themes of Macbeth

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Analyzing Key Themes from Macbeth William Shakespeare used themes in his plays and poetry to deepen the meaning of them and to help the reader have another way to compare imagery in the play to what was really happening. Shakespeare's Macbeth includes many cases of metaphorical as well as literal themes. Some examples of these types of themes deal with blood, clothing, illness and medicine, sleep, nature, and the over all mood of the play. There is a mixture of emotional, metaphorical, and literal themes. In many ways the themes in Macbeth are a form of imagery. Blood plays a key role throughout Macbeth. Starting off the second scene, "What bloody man is that?" sets the imagery of blood in motion throughout the play and is a literal image of a dead soldier. ...read more.


A great example of this is Macbeth addressing Ross in confusion about his title with, "The Thane of Cawdor lives: why do you dress me in borrowed robes?" Unfit clothing was a common way of saying that someone was not really what he or she appeared to be. A more literal clothing image is made in Banquo's confrontation with the witches. "What are these so withered, and so wild in their attire, that look not like th' inhabitants o' th' earth, and yet they are on't?" is Banquo's literal interpretation of the unusualness of the witch's clothing and appearance. When Angus states "Now does he feel his title hang loose about him, like a giant's robe upon a dwarfish thief." he is referring to Macbeth and how he is unable to control what he put in motion with his great power as king. ...read more.


It is again noted when Malcom says "page 366" (read guote) ... "Meet we the med'cine of the sickly weal, and with him pour we, in our country's purge, each drop of us." is a deeply metaphorical image of medicine. It means that the rebels must find Malcolm in order to gain the ambition to overthrow Macbeth. There are many more themes in Macbeth, but these seemed to have stood out the most. In all cases, Shakespeare sets a transcendental mood of what is happening. Blood is more than a fluid. Illness is more than a hindering parasite, Medicine is more than a cure for that illness. Clothes are more than flesh covers. Darkness is more than black. Shakespeare does a great job of using themes in Macbeth not only to set the mood of the play but to better help the reader to use metaphors to form a better understanding of the play. ...read more.

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