Imagery in Macbeth by William Shakespeare

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Imagery in Macbeth

The tragedy of Macbeth is a compelling story by William Shakespeare about the fall of a once noble man who becomes a tragic hero. The story of Macbeth is about a man who let his desires result in him becoming an evil man. Shakespeare uses many forms of writing to portray his story; one main technique used is imagery. Imagery is used consistently throughout Macbeth to help the reader thoroughly understand the theme of the play. Many forms of imagery are used, however, the significant and repeated images are blood, sleep and light and dark. These three images are known in everyone’s daily lives and are used in unique ways to display forms of good vs. evil.

Shakespeare uses blood as a symbol of murder and guilt. There are many parts in the book where this is proven. In one scene the symbol of blood is used to convince Macbeth to commit murder. “Is this a dagger, which I see before me? ...And on thy blade and dudgeon, gouts of blood” (II.i.32-47). In this quote Macbeth expresses fear of killing Duncan, but he then sees blood on the dagger and he is not as hesitant as he once was. This shows how blood is used to lure him to evil. After this scene the same symbol is used to make Macbeth feel guilt. “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand?” (II.ii.60-61). Here Macbeth realizes what he has done and knows it cannot be undone. Shakespeare says the blood will never come out although it will the blood is a symbol of guilt, which…
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