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Examine the effectiveness of metaphor in the play

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Examine the effectiveness of metaphor in the play Throughout the play, and indeed in a great number of Shakespeare plays, there is a strong presence of metaphors and symbolism. These instances add richness of language to the text, and also tell of what will/may happen later in the play, occasionally adding a very slight comical element to some lines. Shakespeare uses dramatic irony, a form of metaphor, a great deal throughout the play, sometimes intentionally, sometimes not. For example, in the scene, the three witches makes a number of references to animals in casting their spell to finish the scene, i.e. Graymalkin and Paddock. This suggests a supernatural theme, which is also recurrent throughout the play. The play is rather highly politically charged too, as one of the first showings was played with King James I in the audience. Not only was he a not so distant descendant of Macbeth and his family, but he was also rather concerned with the idea of Witchery and the supernatural world. ...read more.


to, but also gives an insight into the mind of Macbeth and the fact that he can trivialise murder to the level of a simple competitive event, which is what the play is about in effect. The recurrent theme of blood is ever present in V.I, where Lady Macbeth frequently refers to the blood of the people her husband has murdered. Despite the fact that she hasn't actually murdered anybody, she is still haunted by the fact that people have been murdered by her husband, who she effectively controls. The use of metaphor in the play is an extremely important part of it's structure. Most of the major lines in the play involve some kind of metaphor which reflects the rest of the play. In fact, most of the play as a wholes can be interpreted as a metaphor in itself. By this I mean that the play has more to it than just a story about a king. ...read more.


This production involved Macbeth hallucinating in a chapel during the play's 'dagger' speech in Act II Scene I, and instead of simply believing he could see a dagger, he could actually see the shadow cast by the cross on the altar. This may represent irony in the evil portrayed by Macbeth's character (the king) who was believed to have been chosen by God. Also rampant through the play is the idea of "Fair is foul, foul is fair." This means that appearances can be deceiving, although what is explained cannot be seen by many, and could quite possibly be shrugged off as madness as in Act V Sc IV - Although Macbeth is effectively telling his banquet guests that he had Banquo killed, and despite Lady Macbeth's reaction of frustration and tension, none of the guests consider Macbeth to be a suspect or that any harm has come to Banquo. This reinforces the theme of appearance v reality. What appears to be good can be bad, and this is seen in such things as the deceptive facade of Lady Macbeth and in the predictions of the witches. ...read more.

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