Symbolism in Macbeth: Dagger, Ghosts, and Threes Essay

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Throughout the play "Macbeth" there have been many symbols that have been proven to be significant throughout the play. 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 …show more content…

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. Typically bad weather forecasts unfortunate events. Banquo was with Macbeth when the Witches gave the prophecy. After hearing Macbeth's prophecy,Banquo wishes to hear his own.The Witches gleefully tell him. They say that Banquo will not be King, but his bloodline will . Disappointed, as he is Banquo carries on with happy spirits. 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 4 she is happy with what they have done. Macbeth meets with the Witches and demands to know more about the prophecy.The witches ask who he would prefer to hear it from, and he asks for the boss. Hecate appears and along comes three Apparitions. The Apparitions greet Macbeth the same way the witches did, three times. The First Apparition is an armed Head.It tells Macbeth to beware Macduff, the Thane of Fife. The Second Apparition is a Bloody Child. It says to beware any man

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