Almost directly after the murder of Duncan, the porter hears a knocking at the door and refers to Macbeth’s castle as, “hell[s]-gate” (Shakespeare, II.III.5). Even though the porter does not know the crime that has been committed, he is comparing the castle to hell itself, thus giving the castle a very evil and bad reputation. It seems as the porter senses something off balance happening, setting the rest of the stage in Macbeth as dark and scary. Later on in the play, Ross and an old man are conversing about how now unnatural things are happening. “An owl kills a falcon, horses eat each other, the earth was feverous and did shake, day becomes night” (Spurgeon, 126).
On Tuesday last A falcon, tow’ring in her pride of place, Was by a mousing owl hawked at and killed… (11-13) The first quote is explaining that the animals knew there was an incident taking place that night, and that i... ... middle of paper ... ...also lead to his tragic downfall. The supernatural elements displayed also bring out the fear and mystery of the play. Without the supernatural in the play it would not have been as expressive. Shakespeare’s utilization of the play’s supernatural elements: nature, ghosts, and, witches, enhances the entire scheme of the play. Works Cited Grace, William J.
Shakespeare often uses darkness and storms to depict that evil happenings are occurring or are about to take place. There are at least three examples of this in Macbeth. Most of the evil things that Macbeth does in the story occurs in the nighttime. Lennox states, "... the obscure bird Clamored the livelong night. Some say, the earth Was feverous and did shake," in reaction to Macbeth's first evil act, killing the king of Scotland.
Another example is seen during Lady Macbeth’s beginning soliloquy, “The raven himself is hoarse/ That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan/ Under my battlements”4, the introduction leading to the murder scene of Duncan. The raven, which is the bird that symbolizes death, is the omen that signals Duncan’s doom. The conversation between the Old Man and Lennox after the murder of the Duncan is the most important indicator of the disruption in the natural order of things and becomes the beginning note for the unfolding of the upcoming events after the king’s death. “On Tuesday last/ A falcon, towering in her pride of place,/ Was by a mousing owl hawk’d at and kill’d”5. The falcon represents the Dunc... ... middle of paper ... ...y Macduff after hearing that that his family has been slain.
He probably thinks that the loss of Duncan equates to loss of everything ‘proper’, since he speaks of strange happenings, like horses eating their own kind. This displays a state of chaos and unawareness which is linked to darkness. Towards the end of Act 3 scene 2, Macbeth speaks of his plan to kill Banquo, and he then calls the “sealing Night (to) scarf up the tender eye of pitiful day”. He also mentions that the “Good things of day begin to droop and drowse / Whiles Night’s black agents to their preys do rouse”, which yet again makes a reference to nocturnal animals (preys). It also shows darkness taking over light, or in this case, Macbeth’s evil plot to get rid of the “worthy Banquo”.
For instance, in this instance of darkness imagery Duncan and Macbeth were talking when Macbeth says aside "Stars, hide your fires! Let not light see my black and deep desires" (1. 4. l50-51). When words like dark and desire are put in that context it creates many horrible mental pictures about murders and fights which arouses peoples emotions. Ross is later talking with an old man when he states "By the clock `tis day, and yet dark night strangles the traveling lamp" (2.
Nightfall is portrayed as a threatening person, evoking fear of those who live in traumatic dread. The hard repetition of the letter “d” throughout the poem emphasizes the grim nature of the slums. The forceful alliterative statement “ravaging it beyond repair” creates a similar malevolent tenor. “I am slaughtered “every night in the streets.” These two lines capture the distressing, emotional damage caused living and hiding in his “matchbox” house.. Mtshali’s use of imagery conveys the dark, gruesome and lethal setting in which cannot live in safety. This creates great distress for me, as I am safe at night, whereas these people live in great fear of murder.
Both arguments will be critically analysed in this essay. The natural order of society is first disturbed by Duncan’s death in the lead up to Act 2 and seen within Act 2. For example; after Duncan’s death the audience are presented with several unnatural acts, such as; an owl which kills a falcon and Duncan’s horses which eat each other. In Act 2, Scene 4, the quotation said by the ‘Old Man’ can exemplify this, “tis unnatural, even the deed that’s done. On Tuesday last, a Falcon, towering in her pride of place, was by a mousing owl hawk’d at and kill’d.
In A Tale of Two Cities there is much cruelty because of heart struck my hate, the scene of the guillotine the analogy of the blue flies and Madame Defarge’s hate led to many deaths. The guillotine beheaded many people at the joke of the peasants but expense of the aristocrat. The blue flies were also very avid in the quest for blood and last but not least the hate Madame Defarge has towards the upper class. In A Tale of Two Cities there are many examples of mans’ inhumanity towards fellow man. This book shows us we should learn from the past.
“I heard the owl scream and the crickets cry. Didn’t you say something?” Lady macbeth says this to Macbeth when she is going to see if he had Killed Duncan. “The night has been unruly. Where we lay, Our chimneys were blown down and, as they say, Lamentings heard i ' th ' air, strange screams of death, And prophesying with accents terrible Of dire combustion and confused event New hatched to the woeful time. The obscure bird, Clamored the livelong night.