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What is the significance of Macbeth’s “Is this the dagger? Soliloquy.

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What is the significance of Macbeth's "Is this the dagger? Soliloquy. The dagger scene is one of the most important scenes in the tragedy of Macbeth. Macbeth's soliloquy gives a clear out view of his character development and the current status quo. Shakespeare uses dark and grim language to depict Macbeth's thoughts and imagination. Act 3?? Scene 1 portrays evil imagery that relates to Macbeths further actions into the play. The foreshadowing images make Macbeth weak and venerable due to his most eager ambition. The avaricious and insecure tyrant we see at the end of play is one we would barely recognise from the noble hero we meet at the beginning. ...read more.


Symbolism plays a strong role in Macbeth's soliloquy. The theme of "blood" and "daggers" are constant throughout, "And on thy blade and dungeon gouts of blood". "A dagger of the mind". These symbols, again suggests the foreshadowing of Macbeths murder and guilt as the consequence. Macbeth is overpowered by greed and ambition ultimately which, Macbeths gives in, and struggles to regain innocence. Shakespeare uses this kind of imagery to fully outline Macbeth's corrupt mind, giving a clear overview of his physically and mentally oppressed mind and body, "Nature seems dead and wicked dreams abuse". Truth and purity has been literally been removed or depreciated at this point. Shakespeare continues to supplement with the reader with evil imagery to show the clear character development of from loyal to ambitious, of Macbeth. ...read more.


Guilt is one of the main consequences that Macbeth is afraid of. This was shown by the dagger and blood symbolism earlier on in the soliloquy. Macbeth's ignorance and gullibility only leads him to thinks about being King and absolute power. Through "The dagger scene" Shakespeare paints us a clear message - ambition is a dangerous emotion. Macbeth's vulnerability and exposion to the prophecies and manipulation overpowers him, which as a result corrupts Macbeths mind. The major character development is importantly significant which is most described in this scene. Evil and dark imagery implies Macbeth's wicked mind, thought process. Guilt and foreshadowing is a result and the immorality of Macbeth' actions takeover. "That summons thee to heaven or hell", the quote is the only outcome to Macbeth's murder. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ian Yim 5AMR Word Count: 629 ...read more.

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