Shakespeare 's Symbolic Use Of Nature Essay

851 Words Feb 3rd, 2016 4 Pages
Hazel Mc Kenzie
English IV
Mrs. Crockett
February 3, 2016
Shakespeare’s Symbolic Use of Nature Nature is very symbolic throughout Macbeth. The order of natural events can be reflected by the power of God and darkness. The descriptions of the nature scenes are very powerful and significant in the play. The reality of human events and the natural world are one in the same. Nature is mirroring the characters’ emotional energy. This backdrop imagery is vital to the overall layers of the play. At the beginning of the play, there is a terrible storm which is associated with a dark energy. This can be seen in this quote from the play stage direction in Macbeth, Act I, scene i, “[Thunder and lightning. Enter three Witches]” (Shakespeare n.p.). Shakespeare’s introduction to the play in a desert place, Macbeth Act I, scene i, “SCENE I. A desert place” A wild storm is a reflection of the three witches conjuring the plot of their evil intentions (Shakespeare n.p.). Just like a storm brews its’ lightning and gradually builds its force to strikes with targeted intensity, so does the witches’ intentional convening builds up their tactical plots and strike with evil force. Alex Went wrote, “The rebelling nature of wind and lightning indicates the destruction within the natural order of society” (n.p.). This quote also relates lightning as a disruptive natural force which has a…

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