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 Leong 2 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 ... ... middle of paper ... ...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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Shakespeare, William, and John Wilders. "Act 1, Scene 7." Macbeth. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2004. Page 2. Print.
### 2nd Part of Essay ### At the beginning of Act 1, Scene 7, we see a soliloquy from Macbeth expressing his doubts about killing King Duncan. When Lady Macbeth first enters the scene he attempts to assert his power over her, perhaps for the first time, by saying ‘We will proceed no further in this business’. This adverbial phrase is a definitive statement, which is utilized by Macbeth to reinstate his power over Lady Macbeth and regain control. His hesitancy over committing regicide is evidence of the fact that he is not an innately evil person, nevertheless his overriding ambition has the power to change the man into a merciless killing machine not far from the characteristics demonstrated by the Hawk in ‘Hawk Roosting’.
To listen to the witches, it is suggested, is like eating "the insane root, That takes the reason prisoner" (I.iii.84-5); for Macbeth, in the moment of temptation, "function," or intellectual activity, is "smother'd in surmise"; and everywhere the imagery of darkness suggests not only the absence or withdrawal of light but - "light thickens" - the presence of something positively oppressive and impeding. (101)
Macbeth lacks emotional suffering. This particular trait, which makes him appear more wicked than Lady Macbeth, occurs throughout the play. In the occurrences of death of close ones, Macbeth illustrates no remorse or distress about the situation. Taking for example, his response as he is informed of his wife’s death, “She should have died hereafter.” (V.v.20). He continues to live and breathe as if the death never occurred or as if the death was that of some stranger. Particular scenes such as the death of his wife, death of Macduff’s family, death of everyone he has vowed to kill, further specify those times to which his response can be considered heartless and cold. Furthermore, his response to the hallucinations from the weird sisters continues to show that Macbeth lacks emotion. This being, because Macbeth witnesses and is made aware of those who will die because of his encounter with him, instead of initially having feelings of guilt and anger, he feels satisfaction and laughter at their tragic future. A response to the second appari...
In the play The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Macbeth is a tragic hero who lusts over power. In acts 2-5, he does everything he possibly can to take the throne for himself. But why is it that, in the previous scenes, he seems so selfless and valiant? During act one, Macbeth shows extreme loyalty to the king, surprise when he hears the news of his new, powerful title, and reluctance when the time came to kill the king, even after he heard the prophecies. Because of these reasons, it is evident that Macbeth never aspired to be king before he met the witches.
The play Macbeth summarizes everything wrong with the world today, whether it be war, murder, or tyranny. The play relates strongly to how weak human nature really is, as well as how a few words can tempt one’s self easily into doing the unthinkable. Over the duration of the play, there are many instances of the three woes of the world mentioned above. Knowing this, it is safe to assume that Shakespeare used the illustrations of Macbeth’s character to combine all of the things that are flawed this world into one package.
1.) Macbeth’s reaction to the witches prophecy is one of surprise, and interest. He also wants to be told more, and know how the witches know these things. Banquo however, is more cautious, and not sure. Banquo also questions if the witches were even real; he is much more sceptical.
seems as if Macbeth, who is at his wits end, is going to admit to
...ow Duncan doesn’t have to worry about anything. This scene clearly shows that Macbeth is very capable of rationing the things he did, to take your sin and justify it to make yourself feel good is not a simple thing. When things are bad, they’re just bad; there’s no justification.
He doesn’t care about anything else besides the idea of becoming the king. His desire to become the king makes him ruthless and gutsy. Although, he is aware of the possible consequences of murdering the king, he still commits the murder because of his uncontrollable passion. On one side, he wants to hide his intentions in order to avoid the punishment he could get because of this crime, but on the other side, he keeps on fortifying them instead of reducing their virtue. In the first act, he says ‘Stars hide your fires, let not light see my black and deep desires.’(Shakespeare 1.iv.50-51) which means that he doesn’t want anyone to see his evil desires, but he still continues to follow them instead of giving up on a thing which is making him low deep inside. Giving in to desire, we become prisoners of our own greed! His ambition makes him blind and the only thing which is visible to him is his motive, to be the king! His conscience sometimes makes him feel like he is doing very crooked things but his ambition again stops him from considering such things. One example of this is, ‘For mine own good, All causes shall give away. I am in blood, Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o’er.’ (Shakespeare
predictions of the witches as truth; and he does not want to kill the king