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Nestor Chavez 11/05/04 IB English 11 Ms. L� Word Count: 1550 Macbeth Essay Exam Ambition, power of suggestion, and some peer pressure can make a great combination for greatness and/or disaster. In the play Macbeth, written by the famous William Shakespeare, ambition and power of suggestion are the main themes. William Shakespeare can be thought of a genius in the sense that he can state many opinions or statements with one quote with more than one sense. In other words, he uses many different symbols, in the play Macbeth, to get his points across. Some important symbols that Shakespeare used were a dagger and blood. Like the motifs in Macbeth, there are many more symbols used in the play. The whole play is surrounded and filled by motifs that help develop and inform the plays major themes. Some of these motifs consist of hallucinations and the witches. There are other motifs that aren't as popular in the play as those two but they still serve a purpose to develop and inform ambition and the power of suggestion. All of the motifs and symbolism used in Macbeth served a purpose to emphasize ambition and power of suggestion in the play. ...read more.


These symbols consist of light & dark and the sun. I chose these to symbols because they are not that noticeable as the other symbols. The sun symbolism is probably one of the hardest to recognize. Light and dark represent good and evil in the play. During the time in which Macbeth was written, the king was associated with the sun. The sunset symbolized his death or overthrow. The quotes "When shall we three meet again. . . ", and "That will be ere the set of sun." (I. i. 1, 4) foreshadow the king's death. The imagery of light and dark continues throughout the play. "Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires." (I. iv. 50-51) demonstrates Macbeth's step toward evil. Most of the corrupt or unusual events in Macbeth occur under a cloak of darkness. The murders, Lady Macbeth's sleepwalking, and the appearance of the witches all take place at night. Lady Macbeth's sleepwalking scene is the epitome of the light/darkness symbol. She once craved the darkness but now carries a candle to dispel it. The line, "She has light by her continually; 'tis her command." ...read more.


. The witches predicted, at the beginning of the play, that Macbeth would soon become the Thane of Cawdor and eventually the outright King. They tell Macbeth this, simply to ignite what would finally end up being a burning desire for success. Lady Macbeth then helps Macbeth by inserting ill thoughts into his mind, and provided suggestions as to how to become King. At first, Macbeth rejects the horror in his mind but eventually he succumbs to evil for his ambition is far too great. In conclusion, Symbolism plays an important role in Shakespear's Macbeth. It is used to relate the overall theme of ambition and power of suggestion. Light and darkness represents good and evil. Blood represents Macbeth's and his wife's guilt about Duncan's murder. Water symbolizes purification of the conscience. Hallucinations and the witches were some main motifs used in this play. Ambition and power of suggestion led Macbeth to a road of murder, betrayal, and horror. Many people died and Lady Macbeth and Macbeth could not sleep for it. They should have been able to be more strong willed and been good people then they might of had a better ending. ...read more.

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