Imagery And Characterization Of Shakespeare 's Macbeth Essay

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How Fair Became Foul: Imagery and Characterization in Macbeth
Part of William Shakespeare’s fame can be attributed to the complex imagery that makes his plays so iconic. In Macbeth, the Shakespearean tragedy, a Scottish nobleman loses everything, including his life, in order to gain power. Through the use of imagery in his description of sleep, clothing, and light and dark, Shakespeare reveals significant features of his main character, Macbeth’s, personality. Macbeth’s actions in the play inhibit his ability to sleep, which in turn demonstrates his underlying guilt about what he has done. The use of clothing imagery in Macbeth shows how the main character is undeserving of his responsibilities. Through the use of light and dark imagery, Macbeth’s gradual acceptance of evil is established. First, Macbeth’s guilt surrounding his murders is brought to light through his inability to sleep. After killing King Duncan, Macbeth foretells his own insomnia. When he tells Lady Macbeth about murdering Duncan, Macbeth describes a voice that he thought spoke to him from nowhere:
Methought I heard a voice cry "Sleep no more!
Macbeth does murder sleep," -the innocent sleep,
Sleep that knits up the ravell 'd sleave of care,
The death of each day 's life, sore labour 's bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great nature 's second course,
Chief nourisher in life 's feast. (2.2.35-39)
Macbeth, upon killing his slumbering king, hallucinates a voice that tells him he will never sleep again. Macbeth then…

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