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Light and Dark in Macbeth One of the most distinguished British Literature authors of all time, William Shakespeare, created a gruesome yet astonishing piece of all time; Macbeth. Macbeth is a bloody tragedy that tells a story of a brave Scottish general named Macbeth who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Induced by his ambition and the actions of his wife, Lady Macbeth, Macbeth brutally murdered King Duncan of Scotland. Following the murder of King Duncan, Macbeth was affected by paranoia and guilt. Driven with suspicion, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth began to commit numerous amounts of murders which led Macbeth to become an oppressing …show more content…
Light and darkness are motifs that are significant to the play and to the characters. Light is usually related to innocence, truth and purity, while darkness is associated with corruption, cruelty and guilt. In ‘Macbeth’, light and dark can be referenced in numerous amounts of acts, however, each light and dark motif is connected to certain symbols. Symbols such as day, night, animals, and plants are forms of the light and dark motifs. Basically, light represents goodness, life, and God while darkness represents death, evil, and the devil. Being two contrasting elements, their associations are also …show more content…
God is the ultimate representation of good and light. Macbeth broke his bond with God and that naturally torments and paranoids him throughout the play. However, he calls upon the night, the time and place for evil, to destroy these thoughts of remorse and to fight of his conscience. Macbeth extended with his corrupt thoughts: “ Light thickens, and the crow Makes wing to the rocky wood; Good things of day begin to troop and drowse, Whiles night’s black agents to their preys do rouse.” (Act 3, Scene 2) Light becomes ‘thicker’ when it gets dark, since it’s harder to see when the sun goes down and when it becomes completely dark. The crow, a symbol of evil and darkness, goes about its night while the good creatures are fast asleep. The crow searches for darkness of the
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LeAnn Van Mr. Brown AP Literature and Composition 17 January 2023 AP Reading Notes - Macbeth Macbeth Author: William Shakespeare Date published: Written in 1606, published in 1623 Period/era: Jacobean Era (1603 - 1625) - literature that tends to be dark, questions social order, and includes tragedies Genre: Tragedy, Tragic Drama Settings (Scotland in the 11th century) Inverness (Macbeth’s Castle) Where Macbeth and Lady Macbeth murders Duncan for the royal crown Irony: Duncan comments on how the castle is pleasant from outside while the Macbeths plot his murder Located on Dunsinane Hill Where Macbeth waits for Macduff and Malcolm’s troops Macbeth dies here in the final battle
The second motif that was important in the novel Romeo and Juliet is light and darkness. The light was to symbolize the leaving and bad times; the darkness is the happy time that everything goes right. The day after their honeymoon Romeo says: “More light and light, more dark and dark our woes!” (III, v, 36).
In the Scottish tragedy Macbeth by William Shakespeare chaos and disorder are a driving factor in the plot of the play. It is caused by the Weïrd Sisters who trick Macbeth into believing the illusion of their predictions. Macbeth, armed with a dangerous ambition, goes and creates more disorder throughout the play. A motif that can be traced through the play that adds disorder is weather.
After killing Duncan, Macbeth’s mental state changes completely. The difference between the moment before the murder and the moment after is that Macbeth’s lack of determination. He feels personally responsible for the murder and wishes it never happened. Thus, he is afraid to look at the dead body and face what he has done (2.2.54-56). His regret of the murder shows the transformation of Macbeth’s attitude: he lets his remorse overpower him to the point of madness.
Lady Macbeth uses the light to hide herself from the darkness and evilness that surrounds her as she “she has light by her continually; ‘tis her command” (5.1.20) The same darkness that she used to commit her murders, to hide her conscience that could’ve prevented her from committing the crimes, is now the one she fears, that she needs protecting from. Lady Macbeth knew that her actions and the guilt would be damaging as she told Macbeth, "These deeds must not be thought, after these ways; so, it will make us mad." (2.2.45-6) Light and dark and contrasted to show the decent of their mental health.
Macbeth says, "out, out brief candle!/ Life 's but a walking shadow, a poor player/ That struts and frets his hour upon these stage/ And then is heard no more. It is a tale/ Told by and idiot, full of sound and fury,/ Signifying nothing." 5.5.23-28.
William Shakespeare is considered as one of the best play writers in history. One of his most well known plays is Macbeth where a Scottish general named Macbeth has a strong desire to be king which leads him to betray and murder his king, Duncan. He also kills the nobles who have been loyal to him in order to maintain his title as king. Throughout this play, Shakespeare uses the motif of ambition, guilt, and fate to characterize the characters, show the different themes present within the play, and how the motifs are still relevant today.
One of the biggest representations of this is the sky going dark. “By the clock ‘tis day, / And yet dark night strangles the traveling lamp,” (2.4.6-7). Darkness is often associated with wrongdoing, and the dark sky in the middle of the day is the world rejecting the abnormality of Macbeth murdering the King. Two of Duncan’s horses - trained to be obedient and gentle at all times - broke out of their stalls despite their usual calm and ate each other. This unbalance in nature affects not only the physical world of birds and horses, but also disturbances in Macbeth’s very human nature.
The personality of Macbeth changes over the course of the play as Macbeth murders many innocent people like, Duncan, Banquo and Macduff's family. The death of these characters symbolizes the death and birth of something inside Macbeth and the beginning of his downfall. Macbeth, at the beginning or the play, a brave soldier only protecting his people and his king, to Macbeth a murderous tyrant only looking out for the greater good of himself. The death of Duncan symbolized the death of Macbeth's before anxious and confused self and birthed a Macbeth full of guilt and anxiety. After being led to Duncan by a floating dagger and murdering him, Macbeth returns to his wife crying, "One cried "God Bless us!"
There are many different prominent symbols which are related to the actions of Macbeth throughout the play. Some of the symbols in Shakespeare’s Macbeth are hallucinations, terrifying dreams, prophecies, sleep, etc. The supernatural events, forces, and powers are common symbolical motifs in Shakespeare
For human kind in the light the soul is good and clean, in the dark, evil conspires against good and shows the soul dark and unclean. Macbeth proclaims at 1.4.48-51, “Let not light see my black and deep desires,” meaning he wants to contain his good soul but fears his goals demand for evil means to achieve them. He further proves this point by
For instance, some characters who are considered to be righteous are associated with light. For instance, Malcolm, Duncan and Macduff are portrayed as righteous, and their deeds are performed in light or during the day. The imagery on darkness is associated with the characters that are deemed as evil including Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and the witches. Shakespeare chooses to use this light and darkness imagery to indicate the degree of goodness and badness of the characters. This study, therefore, shows more instances of imagery of light and darkness as used in the poem.
Celia Beyers Tinti Period 1/5 12 April 2015 Literary Analysis: Macbeth In Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, he presents the character of Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is shown, as a character that schemes into making rebellious plots. She reveals the desire for wanting to lose her feminine qualities in order to be able to gain more masculine ones.
Tragedy of Macbeth is a story written by William Shakespeare about a man who is power hungry to become king. This story is called a tragedy, a tragedy is a type of story that doesn 't have a happy ending. A tragedy will end up with the protagonist dieing or making a great sacrifice. Shakespeare has made many tragedies such a Romeo and Juliet for example. In every Tragedy there must be a tragic hero and in this story it shows that Macbeth is the tragic hero, is a round character, and also a very dynamic character.