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The Imagery and Language of Evil in Shakespeare's

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Shakespeare The Imagery and Language of Evil in Shakespeare's "Macbeth" Show how the language describes Macbeths descent into evil In this essay I will be looking at the imagery and the Language of evil, and Macbeth's descent into evil. The play begins with the witches who are on an eerie heath waiting for Macbeth. It is important to understand just how seriously people took witchcraft in Shakespeare's day, as they were extremely superstitious. In the lines of the first scene, there is a line, which has been very cleverly written, as you will find out later on: "Fair is Foul and foul is Fair" This line has a significant role, as it does not just mean the weather is bad but has two meanings, and means that Christian values will be reversed. We learn from the battle that Macbeth is a brave warrior and the description of the actual Battle itself is horrific, and very bloodthirsty. Macbeth kills by chopping someone in half. I quote: "His brandished steel which smoked with bloody execution" This gives the impression of Macbeth's sword smoking blood of the many he has slain. The captain of the battle describes both Macbeth and Banquo like: "Cannons over charged with double cracks" This shows how bravely and powerfully Macbeth and even Banquo ...read more.


* Macbeth to become King Immediately Macbeth thinks: "Glamis and Thane of Cawdor the greatest is behind" He thinks then very precisely about the Kingship. Banquo by now can see quite clearly how obsessed Macbeth is and therefore tries to warn him about the witches and how the Witches may try to betray him: "And oftentimes to win us to our harm, the instruments of darkness tell us truths, win us with honest trifles, to betrays in deepest consequence" This means that the witches would lure him in and then betray him. It is obvious by this Banquo thinks of the witches as evil and agents of the devil and they must not be trusted, he calls them the: "Instruments of Darkness" When Malcolm is invested as the "Prince of Cumberland" Macbeth is furious and shows that he has a serious intent in taking King Duncan's place as The King of Scotland. His words show a theme that recurs constantly throughout the play: "The eye wink at the hand" From now on he must be devious it means that his appearance must not reflect the truth. By now Macbeth must have realised he must be devious and has obviously decided to kill Duncan. ...read more.


It was a very memorable place, in fact It was the site were Christ was crucified, Ross also comments on Macbeths fighting and how brave he is. He says that Macbeth is like: "Bellona's Bridegroom" Belona was the roman goddess of war. This classical Allusion shows Macbeth as a fighting Machine. In the last act, Macbeths opening line contains yet more Classical Allusion, He says: "Why should I play the Roman fool" Roman fool means to commit suicide, Roman lords who had no hope of winning a battle they would often commit suicide rather than be taken prisoner. Macbeth would rather, kill himself in the last Battle with Macduff or otherwise will be locked in a cage and taken around the country, and would be tortured. Now I have come to the end of my essay on Macbeth, it is time to sum up. Macbeth is a dark play and most of the language and imagery of the play reflects this. Duncan dearly loves Macbeth, but when the witches mention Macbeth becoming King, Macbeth gradually starts to descend into evil and descends from a brave, loyal warrior to a bloodthirsty butcher. Macbeth also has a slight Melodramatic touch to it as Good Triumphs over evil always. Macbeth is a play full of Dark imagery and it shows the consequences of selling your self to the Devil. ...read more.

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