Symbols in Macbeth Essay

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Throughout the play "Macbeth", there have been many symbols that have been proven to be significant.Of the many I will discuss the importance of the number three, the dagger,and Banquo's ghost..They are all always lingering in the play but not expressed in literal terms. A symbol is using an object or action that means something more than its literal meaning These symbols role in "Macbeth" are to provide a greater meaning to the play. Shakespeare has been known for creating plays that are enjoyable to read, the language is not so difficult once you are familiar with it. The symbols in the play, are significant because they make it possible for readers to interpret to their understanding, and still understand the meaning of the play. These …show more content…
The third witch says that Macbeth will be the king. This is probably the most important part of the prophecy. The three witches and the three parts of the prophecy show the wickedness and evil that is to come. The three witches are similar to the three Fates from Greek Mythology. Therefore, this prophecy could be false. The witches also seem to always appear in stormy, weather. They also appear at times where Macbeth has to make choices. After Macbeth got his prophecy Banquo also got his, the same way. It was told in three parts. "Lesser than Macbeth, and greater. Not so happy, yet much happier. Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none. So all hail, Macbeth and Banquo!"(I,iii,67-70). The first part of Banquo's prophecy is saying that even though Banquo is not as powerful as Macbeth, but he is capable of more. The second part of his prophecy means that Banquo is easily content, and he is happy with what comes of him. The last parts states that Banquo will not be king, but his children and future generations will be king. Hecate the Goddess of the Crossroads (three paths), and the goddess of witchcraft. She is the the boss of the three witches.She appears for the first time in Act three scene four, but is first mentioned in the first act. In act 3, we see that Hecate had been upset at the witches for troubling with Macbeth without her permission. But then in Act four she is happy with what they have done. Macbeth meets with

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