William Shakespeare 's Macbeth - Light And Dark Imagery Essay

1076 Words Mar 5th, 2015 5 Pages
Lady Macbeth’s character is related inversely Macbeth’s power as he becomes king and then a tyrant. As Macbeth’s power grows, Lady Macbeth’s sanity deteriorates from the guilt of being a part in the murder of both King Duncan and Banquo. Macbeth disrupts the natural order of the world, and Shakespeare illustrates that through the use of light and dark imagery. In one of Shakespeare’s most distinguished works, The Tragedy of Macbeth, Shakespeare explores the use of light and dark imagery to further elaborate the disintegration of Lady Macbeth’s sanity as well as Macbeth’s disruption of the natural order of the world.
Macbeth’s power grows from a minor lord to the king in a short matter of time. This coupled with the mental and physical turmoil of murdering King Duncan in the first place causes Lady macbeth to sink into insanity. Slowly but surely, it can be seen that Lady Macbeth’s character slowly deteriorates to the point where she kills herself. In this first example, right after Duncan is killed, she compares the her guilt to light. Come, thick night, / And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell, / That my keen knife see not the wound it makes, / Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark, / To cry "Hold, hold!" (1.5.50-54) This shows how her teetering sanity has been pushed off of the edge. The murder of Duncan causes both the placement of Macbeth to become king, and the beginning of Lady Macbeth’s mental descent. Duncan’s resemblance to Lady Macbeth’s father…

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