Imagery Of William Shakespeare 's Macbeth Essays

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William Shakespeare’s Macbeth play is one of the most famous and popular works in this day and era. One that talks about many different themes that contrast with each other and are represented by different uses of imagery such as light and darkness, and good vs evil. In this play, William Shakespeare uses many different forms of imagery to represent these different themes such as looks can be deceiving, which can be shown from things like the apparitions, you shouldn 't let your ambitions run wild, like Macbeth who let his ambitions take over until his demise, and everyone has the capability to do evil, like Macduff who killed Macbeth for revenge after he killed Macduff’s family.

One of the more basic yet strong themes shown in Macbeth is looks can be deceiving. The first example of imagery being used to represent this theme is would be after Macbeth’s fight with the Norwegians where he told by Duncan that he will be the Thane of Cawdor. Malcolm who is also with him is told that since he is the prince of Cumberland that he will be the next heir to the throne. Macbeth begins to let his ambitions take over and make him think of evil deeds to become the next heir to the throne. “The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step that which I must fall down, or else o’er leap, for in my way it lies. Stars hide your fires: let not light see my black and deep desires.” (I, iv, 55-58). Since Malcolm is the heir, Macbeth has to kill him in order to become the next heir to the throne…

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