Macbeth has many important recurring images, like/such as weather, blood, and sleep that/which help give the reader a more vivid picture of what is taking place.
Nature is used as an auxiliary image in Macbeth to create atmosphere and to foreshadow upcoming events. The play begins with thunder and lightning as the three witches meet. This creates a dark and gloomy environment for the remainder of the story. (fragment/run on?) The drama continues as Ross exclaims, “By th' clock ’tis day, / And yet dark night strangles the travelling lamp. / Is ’t night’s predominance or the day’s shame / That darkness does the face of Earth entomb / When living light should kiss it?” (2.4.6-10). Darkness filling the sky and choking out the sun is very
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Macbeth begins with the captain bleeding during the Scots and Norweigan battle. The blood images continue as Macbeth sees a bloody dagger leading him to Duncan’s room. Macbeth cries, “I see thee yet, in form as palpable as this which now I draw. / Thou marshall’st me the way that I was going, / And such an instrument I was to use. / Mine eyes are made the fools o' th' other senses, / Or else worth all the rest. I see thee still, / And on thy blade and dudgeon gouts of blood, / Which was not so before.” (2.1.41-48). After Macbeth commits the murder he begins to feel guilt. He proclaims, “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? / No, this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine, / Making the green one red.” (2.2.61-63). Blood represents the guilt Macbeth feels for murdering Duncan. Lady Macbeth begins to feel guilt also as she imagines a bloody “damned spot!” on her shirt (5.1.25). Blood symbolizes sin when Macbeth states, “Blood will have blood,” after he kills his friend Banquo (3.4.128). Macbeth’s quote means Banquo’s son, Fleance will look to avenge his death by killing Macbeth.
Sleep is used as a method of escape for characters, while also serving as a sign of peace and death. After Macbeth murders Duncan, he starts to hear a voice telling him that he will never sleep again. Macbeth declares to his wife, “Me thought I heard a voice cry, ‘Sleep no more! Macbeth does