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Imagery: The Work of the Imagination

A picture may tell a thousand words, but an image is the product of imagination. In any piece of literature, imagery plays a significant role in illustrating the characters. In the play, Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are developed through the use of clothing, sleep, and blood imagery. Through the use of clothing imagery, Shakespeare exposes and develops the character of Macbeth. In the beginning, Macbeth is seen as loyal soldier of King Duncan. When presented with the title of Thane of Cawdor, he says "Why do you dress me/ In borrowed robes" (I.iii.115). This changes, however after the witches ' prophecies awaken his ambition to be king.
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Furthermore, through sleep imagery, we see Lady Macbeth (the master at hiding her thoughts), being haunted by the horrible crimes she and Macbeth have committed. Sleep imagery is demonstrated through Lady Macbeth 's sleepwalking, and exposure of crimes they have committed. "Yet who would have though the old man/ To have had so much blood in him?"(V.i.40). Lady Macbeth has let the secret out. Moreover, Shakespeare has used blood imagery to completely develop Macbeth and Lady Macbeth 's characters. Blood imagery reveals Macbeth 's character change from a noble man, to a dishonorable man and a traitor, whereas Lady Macbeth changes from an evil woman to one who takes her life due to a guilty conscience. First, we see Macbeth as loyal soldier of the king who is willing to give his blood for the king. "…Till he unseamed him from he nave to the chops, /And fixed his head upon our battlements"(I.ii.25). Next, when Macbeth sees blood is the hallucination of the bloody dagger, which is his beginning as a traitor. Even though Macbeth may not want to kill Duncan, his ambition and Lady Macbeth 's persuasion forces him to do so. From here on, he decides to also rid of Banquo and his son so that his children do not become the next kings. Macbeth murders his best friend so that he can remain king. He believes that he is "in blood/Stepped so far that, should [he] wad no more, /Returning were as tedious as go o

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