Macbeth, described as an eagle and lion in Scene I, is praised and canonized by his fellow soldiers on the battlefield. He is a noble, honest general and is good friends with his peer, Banquo. Never was Macbeth expected to become as capricious as the imagery later made him out to be. His mind was quickly twisted by the Weird Sisters' prophecy, and his once moral ways went awry. In the same act, Lady Macbeth remarks, “The raven himself is hoarse/That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan/Under my battlements” (Mac.1.5.39-41). The raven, symbolizing Macbeth, displays the weak miscreant that he metamorphosed into...
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...er does Macbeth resemble the lion or eagle, with Macduff shouting, “Turn, hell hound, turn!” (Mac. 5.8.4). There is no better person to dispatch Macbeth than Macduff because of the annihilation of his family by means of Macbeth.
Through the evolution of Macbeth, readers can see many parts of the same person including a brilliant general, a sinful murderer, and an insane dictator because of the blood and animal imagery used by Shakespeare. As Macbeth progresses between these stages, the parts of him that were once honorable became anomalous, immoral, and deplorable; he becomes a true tragic hero. Because of the imagery employed by Shakespeare, the play Macbeth evokes reflection on Macbeth's true morals and how a person could go to such extreme measures to fulfill their ambitions.
Shakespeare, William. Macbeth. Clayton, Delaware: Prestwick, 2005. Print.
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