Imagery of Blood, Light and Clothing in Macbeth by William Shakespeare

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Imagery of Blood, Light and Clothing in Macbeth by William Shakespeare Imagery, the art of making images, the product of imagination (Merriam- Webster). Shakespeare uses many forms of imagery in his writing of Macbeth. Three main forms of imagery in this play are blood, light and darkness, and clothing. Within each form of this imagery Shakespeare incorporates symbols that the reader must understand if they are to interpret either the passage or the play as a whole. In Macbeth blood symbolizes many things. We have all known blood to represent life, death, and often injury. In the play, Shakespeare uses blood to represent treason, guilt, murder, and death. Shakespeare uses the word blood many times throughout Macbeth. The best way to describe how the image of blood changes throughout the play is by following the character changes in Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth. The first reference to blood is on pg.113 Act I scene ii, when Duncan states "What bloody man is that?" The symbolism of blood in this quote is that of honor. This quote is symbolic of the fighter who h...

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