Macbeth by William Shakespeare

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In Playwright’s Macbeth, metaphors enhance the particular themes and

points, one of the common explicit examples being clothes and accessories. The use

of clothes and what it represents with several different themes are found within the

literary work. The themes of appearance and truth, fate and ambition are all assisted

by William Shakespeare’s use of this specific metaphor.

Shakespeare gains a comparison between the clothes and use of society.

Most of the roles are most part ill-fitting and attaining old clothing. Like Macbeth,

with the use of murder and reputation of royalty. The methods of attention and effort,

old clothing can usually be made to fit like new, however there are some errors in

judgment of size or the workload required adding unnecessary struggles. Shakespeare

uses the image of clothes, which illustrates how ill-fitting Macbeth’s roles are. This

symbol is used in Act I, Scene III when Macbeth mentions Ross in line 108: “The

thane of Cawdor lives: why do you dress me/ In borrow’d robes?” (Macbeth, 278).

The “Thane of Cawdor” is alive and does not understand the taking of other mans

title, upon Macbeth’s nobility and power. As a result, he becomes greedy and

commits a crime of his age. The new robes ultimately act as stimulation for his tragic

flaw into madness and death.

Due to the extreme guilt he feels it would be impossible for Macbeth to fulfill

his duty as replacement to Duncan. Like Macbeth, Banquo finally comes to realize

that the witches’ prophecies are true, he says, “New honors come upon him, / Like

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our strange garments, cleave not to their mould / But with the aid of use” (Macbeth,

144). Meanwhile, that Macbeth is not ready for a new role. The Thanes ...

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...ironic that the crown never really fits him.

In Act I, Scene VII, Macbeth is proud of his new clothes and is happy to wear

what he has really earned. He does not wish to replace them with clothes and

Duncan. But Lady Macbeth replies, implying that he has already worn them in

anticipation. The point she is making is that the drunken hope is a poor and ill-

fitting garment.

Macduff is suspicious about the future with Macbeth as king. Macduff

feels that Macbeth was better at being a soldier. This is a direct insult to Macbeth.

Here may have an intuition of the tyranny of an unlawful king. The clothes and

accessories are paralleled by a series of “masking” images which are changes of

the garments that hide his evil side. Macbeth helps symbolize the changes happening

within the play. The emphasis of clothes and accessories is important on the stage.
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