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In your opinion, why does so much of the actions of Macbeth take place in the dark? When we think of the dark, immediately a sense of wickedness, the supernatural, and evil comes in to our minds.

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English Coursework: Shakespeare By Ali Hlaiyil In your opinion, why does so much of the actions of Macbeth take place in the dark? When we think of the dark, immediately a sense of wickedness, the supernatural, and evil comes in to our minds. Shakespeare has used this imagery throughout the tragedy of Macbeth, to create evil thoughts and ideas which the characters in the play will act upon and follow. It creates suspense and an exciting atmosphere for the reader and the audience. He uses the dark to portray what the characters do, what they say, and who they are, so that people like the Witches, and like Macbeth when he is about to commit the murder are recognized as being evil by the audience, and so anything they are about to do or will do in the future will also be recognized as an evil act because of their evil character. Macbeth and his wife Lady Macbeth use darkness as a tool, they see it as a veil and a cover which will cover up their bad and evil deeds from both the people and from god. This then allows them to go ahead and commit the murderous and evil acts which they intend to do. Duncan had just pronounced his son Malcolm as his heir and successor. ...read more.

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Nighttime is also the easiest and in a way the most convenient place for Macbeth to commit the deed because the darkness provides a blanket that hides the murder from both the people's and God's eyes. All the people are asleep in their rooms when Macbeth commits the deed, and he is able to quickly return to his own room without anyone else seeing him thanks to the protection that the darkness provided. When Macbeth was able to prevent himself from being blamed, from then onwards he had faith in the darkness, and used it as a tool to carry out more evil and hideous deeds as the play progresses. After the Murder of Duncan, Donalbain and Malcolm are blamed for the murder and flee Scotland, and so Macbeth is crowned king. Because he became king in an unfair way, he had to be careful to ensure that no one else discovered the truth. When he found out that Banquo was a threat, without thinking he instantly turned to darkness, to evil, and the first thing he thought of was murder. Here Banquo says Macbeth is "a borrower of the night" (Act 3, Scene 1, Line 26), where darkness is referred to as night. ...read more.

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It created individual personalities and characteristics for each character which made me see the way of thinking of each person in depth, which made it easier to understand how he thought, and what he would say and do. Shakespeare uses the dark not only as an object, or a condition, but as a theme to the play. He used it to represent and symbolise evil, wickedness, and the supernatural. As mentioned earlier the theme can affect and change the view of the reader for each aspect of the play, and it can easily represent each action as either a good or bad in the reader's mind. Through the course of the play we can see how the darkness evolved from a simple tool to cover up a bad deed, into a creature which controlled and took over life, and corrupted an entire community and country. We can also see that in the end Macbeth is completely controlled by the dark, he thinks in the dark, works in the dark, and lives in the dark. Eventually Macbeth is killed by the only remaining light, Macduff, and Scotland will change from being known as "O nation miserable!" (Act 4, Scene 3, Line 103) to become the enlightened and prosperous country it was before Macbeth became king. ...read more.

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