Theme Of Light And Darkness In Macbeth

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William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ is one of the most known and most popular tragedies. Macbeth receives a prophecy from three witches that one day he will become King. Fueled by his ambition and by his wife, Macbeth then murders King Duncan and takes the throne for himself. He is then broken by guilt and paranoia. This story has many dark moments and often talk about witches and evil and death. There are many symbols that can be taken from William Shakespeare ‘Macbeth’. This assignment will talk about Act 2, Scene 1 and will discuss the symbols of light vs darkness, the dagger and sleep, and do a complete written analysis of this selection, and consider the meaning of Psychoanalytic theoretical approach, and does it alter the way we see the text.
The imagery in Act 2, Scene 1 in Macbeth is light and darkness. First, light and darkness can be found when Macbeth had a monologue in the scene, where he says,
“Witchcraft celebrates Pale Hecate’s off ‘rings, and wither’d murder. Alarum’d by his sentinel, the wolf, Whose howl’s his watch, thus with his stealthy pace, with Tarquin’s ravishing strides, towards his design, moves like a ghost” (2.1.51-56)
Means that in his monologue is shows the evil presence that was happening around him. Another case of light vs darkness was when Banquo noticed something about the sky and said, “There’s husbandry in Heaven, their candles are all out.” What Banquo meant by that was that what he noticed that there were no stars in the sky, and
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