Secondly, as the play progresses, the use of animal symbolism illustrates the decline of Macbeth.In Act I, the Sergeant speaks of Macbeth and Banquo stating that they are: “As sparrows, eagles; or the hair, the lion” (I.ii.35) to their enemies. Specifically, the Sergeant refers to them as an eagle and a lion. Traditionally, these animals are inferred to be noble, strong, proud, and fierce. This shows how Macbeth is first known to have these traits. Additionally, it also accentuates the unjust nature of Banquo’s murder later on. This is due to the fact that unlike Macbeth, he remained true to his reputation until his death.The night that King Duncan is scheduled to visit Macbeth’s, Lady Macbeth warns him to act normal to avoid suspicion and …show more content…
The flower represents what Macbeth is expected to be: trustworthy and gentle while the serpent represents what he will become: deceitful and feared. The illustration of the serpent hiding underneath a flower can be compared to Adam and Eve and the serpent in the garden. The serpent symbolizes temptation which also can be drawn to Macbeth and his decision to submit to the allure of power and murder King Duncan just as Adam and Eve decided to eat the fruit. In Act III, Macbeth conveys his troubling thoughts concerning Fleance's escape: “O, full of scorpions in my mind” (III.ii.37). Scorpions represent poison, evil, pain, and angst. Particularly, the use of scorpions indicates Macbeth becoming further consumed in thoughts of malevolence. Upon learning of his family’s murder, Macduff declared his anger anger against Macbeth: “He has no children. All my pretty ones?/O, hell-kite! All?/What, all my pretty chickens and their dam/At one fell swoop?” (IV.iii.216-219). In the given context, “one fell swoop” compares a kite, a vicious bird belonging to the falcon family, swooping down on its prey to Macbeth’s act of gruesomely murdering Macduff’s family abruptly. In contrast, chickens are vulnerable and gentle birds that have no way to defend themselves. As Menteith, Caithness Angus, Lennox, and the soldiers prepare to assassinate Macbeth, Lennox states that their overall intention: “To dew the sovereign flower and drown
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This quote is imperative to the scene and the play, as it reveals insight towards Macbeth’s thoughts and his characterization. The Shakespearian metaphor likens the snake to the threats that loom over Macbeth’s throne according to himself. Macbeth acknowledges that although they may have the throne, their authority is not entirely protected yet. Moreover, this quote also illustrates the extreme paranoia that has begun to eat upon Macbeth’s mind and has rendered him with excessive anxiety. Furthermore, at this point, Macbeth wishes to wipe out Banquo, as the witches had predicted that he would be the father to the new line of Kings, thus indicating that Banquo and his lineage would usurp the throne from him.
Act 2 from Macbeth is a very captivating and significant section of the book. It encompasses of King Duncan’s murder by Macbeth, so he could become King. Prior to the killing, Macbeth had an excentric hallucination of a blood-stained dagger that epitomised, to Macbeth, to go and murder Duncan. The next day, Macbeth blamed Duncan’s attendants for the killing. In fear of being killed Duncan’s sons, Malcom (who was heir to the throne) and Donalbain, flee the country.
The items display what was happening in Scotland at that time. “…Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf, /Witches' mummy, maw and gulf /Of the ravin’d salt-sea shark, /Root of hemlock digg’d i' th' dark, /Liver of blaspheming Jew, …” (4, 1, 22-26) The potion is a symbol of the state of the kingdom. Literature often reflects the time period in which it was written. Toads are connected to witches.
Oftentimes, birds are used to create false hope. As the play opens, Duncan asks an injured captain about Macbeth’s battle with the rebel Macdonwald, to which the captain responds that Macbeth was as scared by the enemy “[a]s sparrows eagles, or the hare the lion” (I.2.35).
In Act 1, Scene 5 of Macbeth, William Shakespeare uses tone, allusion, oxymoron, and smile to demonstrate the theme of guilt and coincidence. Shakespeare uses tone to show Lady Macbeth’s bitterness and hatred towards King Duncan when Lady Macbeth says, “But be the serpent under’t. He that’s coming” (1.5 65). This expresses she is encouraging Macbeth to be evil and fake on the inside in order to become King. Shakespeare uses allusion when Lady Macbeth is trying to persuade Macbeth to go along with the plan when he says, “Be the serpent under’t” (1.5 65).
Everyone, at one point in their lives has wanted power more than anything. Those who do get it have to make the decision whether they want to use it for good or evil. Power can turn a person into something they never dreamed they would become because it starts to take over their lives and people do not know what to do with so much power. There are many examples of power in the play Macbeth and every person that got it used it in very different ways. This caused many changes in people from turning from good to evil or evil to good.
The only bird mentioned in the play that is not evil, is the martlet. Banquo acknowledges, “[t]his guest of summer, [t]he temple haunting martlet, does approve [b]y his loved mansionry that the heaven's breath” (I.vi.3-5). Banquo points out that since a martlet is building its nest in Macbeth’s castle, it must have the nicest air. Banquo uses this bird to describe Lady Macbeth and Macbeth’s home, because of their specific taste. The reference to martlets is also used because after Macbeth has become corrupt the martlets no longer build houses in Macbeth’s castle.
The Tragedy of Macbeth is a play by William Shakespeare set in Scotland about a murderous and vehement king who spirals on a path of destruction as he suffers from the consequences of determining his own fate. The predominant theme portrayed throughout the play is honor vs. loyalty. This is represented through the identification, actions, and quotes of numerous characters. To introduce the theme of honor vs. disloyalty, the characters Banquo and Macbeth exemplify traits that are equivalent with the moral of the story.
Act 3 scene 4 Analysis Scene 4 of Act 3 takes place at Forres,The murders return to tell Macbeth of Banquo 's death Macbeth returns to the banquet only to be tormented by the ghost of Banquo which is presented in William Shakespeare 's Macbeth usage of metaphors and imagery. The Death of banquo his former best mate has Macbeth reflecting about the moments happening in his life. Macbeth states “I had else been perfect,Whole as the marble, founded as the rock”(2.4.23-24) banquo 's death has Macbeth reflection about his old self and how he used to be a strong man with free will and now he 's reduced to a man who 's easily manipulated almost like a shell of his former self. This scene establishes that Macbeth is no longer the man he used to be he a ghost of his former self.
A symbol is meant to express something other than itself. In Macbeth, Nature is a symbol. It represents more than just itself; it also represents Macbeth and his reign. Macbeth is a Shakespearean play about the perils of ambition. Macbeth, encouraged by his wife, attempts to eliminate the obstacles inhibiting him from being king.
In Lady Macbeth’s monologue, she expresses her intentions for quickening the prophecy of her husband. Through symbolism and diction, her desire for the removal of her feminine qualities so that she can carry out the murder of King Duncan herself is revealed. Symbolism in Lady Macbeth’s monologue reveals her evil intentions. She begins her monologue by saying “the raven” announces “the fatal entrance of Duncan” when he arrives. The raven is a symbol of impending evil and death.
These words illustrate Macbeth 's lion-hearted personality. Macbeth will not run or show weakness, but he will stay and fight until death like a hero would. In other words, he 's ready to fight anyone in this war. He fears no one except for the man who is not "born of woman". Macbeth is not technically born from a woman; he was "ripped" from his mother 's womb.