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Imagery in Macbeth

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MACBETH COURSEWORK In this piece of coursework I need to discuss the imagery that Shakespeare wanted the reader to use. I will also need to study the language of the soliloques used in the play to show Macbeth's character. The imagery Shakespeare uses shows us that Shakespeare wanted us to see Macbeth as a sensitive and imaginative man, as well as an ambitious one. The semantics in the play and the associations of the diction used affect the audience because they realise that Macbeth is a tragedy because we (audience) care about his fate, to see a man of such potential moving inevitably, and with self-knowledge, toward his doom, is terrible yet fascinating. It is the language of the soliloques which allows us into his mind showing us the force and truth of his own self analysis, which achieves this. E.g. "I have no spear to prick the sides of mine intent vaulting only using ambition" If Shakespeare had simply told us of a man who stole a throne through violences and because even more and corrupt and vicious through the aquisation of power, who would have been surprised or interested? These mentalities are common. In all of Shakespeare's plays he uses many forms of imagery. In the play 'Macbeth' Shakespeare applies the imagery of clothing, darkness and blood. Each detail is his imagery, it seems to contain an important symbol of the play, symbols that the reader must understand if they are to interpret either the passage or the play as a whole. To produce this piece of coursework I have had a slight advantage by watching the Macbeth play live at the "Globe Theatre" which enables me to discuss the imagery found in the play much more effectively. Within the play 'Macbeth' the imagery of clothing portrays that Macbeth is seeking to hide his "disgraceful self" from his eyes and others. ...read more.


The witches tell him that: Beware Macduff, No man born un-naturally will harm Macbeth, Beware when Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane Castle, Macbeth thinks that none of these can harm him as 'woods' don't move, and Macduff is born naturally. Macbeth believes that he has become a slave of the witches, and he is completely in their command. He learns that one death leads to another, because Macbeth has, King Duncan, Duncan's guards, Young Siward, Lady Macduff, Macduff's children, guards and servants. By killing just one person, this is committing evil and this leads to more evil causes. I think that Lady Macbeth plays the second most evil part in this play. I will explain why... Her immediate reaction to the letter was, she was definitely going to kill King Duncan and be evil, 'What thou art promised, yet I do fear thy nature'. 'Unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe top full, of dearest cruelty...' this says that she wants King Duncan's crown more that anything else. Macbeth must follow her orders, 'look the innocent flower, but be the serpent under't'. She wants to be given strength to kill Duncan because she is physically weaker than men are. Nevertheless, Macbeth is weaker then Lady Macbeth because he is scared to kill the King, as Lady Macbeth says 'it is too full o'th milk of human kindness'. It is only by her persistence that he kills Duncan. Lady Macbeth believes that power can be seized by an effort of will and by ignoring natural promptings of conscience. She tells Macbeth that he is weak and unmanly, and by convincing him that they will never be caught, she wins him over. She tries to 'personify' evil strength and evil. By doing this, Macbeth converts to evil. 'Hee the hither, that I may pour my spirits in thine ear, and chastise with the valour of my tongue. ...read more.


We then see in the play Macbeth a man who wants to be a silent and deadly figure of horror. But Macbeth hasn't done the murder yet; he hasn't even gone to the King's door yet, and he tells himself that "Whiles I threat, he lives: / Words to the heat of deeds too cold breath gives." In other words, while he's saying all these threatening things, King Duncan still lives, and his words haven't yet inspired him to actually do the deed. Then the bell rings, and Macbeth answers the call, finally moving from horrifying words to a horrible deed only when his wife's bell tells him it's time. I have now analysed both soliloquies and gathered sufficient evidence to draw a conclusion to the characters of both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. It is clearly noticeable that the two are very contrasting characters who��s ideas and opinions differ greatly on some subjects, however they both have the same common goal, to become more successful. It is this determination that draws the most significant analyses of the characters. It can be seen that Lady Macbeth is a far more unsympathetic character than Macbeth, although this is only confirmed through one soliloquy, whereas Macbeth��s character is brought about in several soliloquies. This means that although Lady Macbeth��s character seems to be fairly simple in contrast to Macbeth��s, it may be as Lady Macbeth only has one soliloquy to reveal aspects of her character. The image of Lady Macbeth��s character however, is very one dimensional, her corruption of innocence and her femininity in order to attain a greater position shows how narrow her incentives are and it seems that any obstacle put in her way can be resolved, regardless of the solution. Lady Macbeth is therefore amoral as she is single mindedly putting herself ahead of others and causing others considerable distress in order to achieve greatness. Macbeths character is far more complex as he expresses his character in numerous ways that build up the image of a moral, but determined character. ...read more.

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