Imagery in Macbeth

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Essay- The use of imagery in Macbeth, Act 1 and 2

Macbeth is a powerful play filled with finest Shakespeare’s imagery techniques. The play is based on a true story and is well portrayed through a variety of well-used imagery approaches. Shakespeare really emphasises the importance of imagery through his constant use of it during the Act 1 and Act 2. It’s clear to the reader that imagery plays a considerable and notable role in the creation of the play. Nevertheless, while analysing Act 1 and 2, it perceives that imagery is used to create appropriate atmosphere and to help the reader comprehend the particular elements that Shakespeare tried to highlight. Furthermore, imagery helps create and break the tension in the play when needed and engages with the reader’s imagination. One could also remark that it also contributes to the description of the characters and brings them to life by supporting their unique characteristics. WORK IN THE THESIS STATEMENT

Shakespeare through out his play continually uses imagery of darkness and supernatural. From the beginning the imagery of their surrounding and the use of witches indicates a gloomy and unholy atmosphere. Darkness is a key feature of the play and is portrayed constantly, especially through the use of stage directions. The Act 1 Scene 1 begins with a strong description of the surroundings. “A desolate place” well portrays the atmosphere of darkness. “Desolate” is a powerful word and has negative connotations of an empty, grim and fear provoking place. From the start, the reader feels the tension and sense of unease due to such gloomy and frightening descriptions. Shakespeare also links murder with the darkness. King Duncan’s death was achieved during the night time, which create a...

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... makes an appearance most of the time. Macbeth is desperately trying to wash the blood of his hands, hence implying that he would like to get rid of his guilt and memory of his act. “Neptune’s ocean” suggests that he wonder what it will take to forget and get rid of all the recall. The meaning itself defines all the water of the earth that Neptune, King of ocean, rules.

Throughout the Act 1 and 2 Lady Macbeth is presented as an evil, power hungry, and dominating being. One could say that her women body and woman appearance doesn’t match her corrupt, brutal character. She appears to be the ruling partner in the relationship with Macbeth and shows more masculinity than her husband. She emphasises violence, as she is the source of evil and influential ambition. We are presented here with imagery of false deception.

Works Cited

Macbeth, cambridge school shakespeare
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