Macbeth Imagery Analysis

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Imagery in Macbeth Macbeth was written by William Shakespeare in 1606. This tragedy is set in Scotland during The Middle Ages. Published in 1623 with the first folio, the story of Macbeth was destined to be a staple in any reader’s Shakespeare collection. Macbeth explores many different themes and symbols throughout the play including blood, ambition, the sense of right and wrong, and hallucinations. Hallucinations play a strong role in this play and create vivid imagery in Macbeth. The specific accounts that can be used to prove this thesis are Banquo’s ghost, Lady Macbeth’s invisible blood stains, and the witches apparitions. The climax of the play has already passed with Macbeth taking his first life, King Duncan. In doing this he sends himself into a …show more content…

They show him three apparitions and then a group of kings. The first two apparitions are mentioned in the stage directions but never described in spoken text. Those being of a floating armored head and a bloody child. The last apparition is described by Macbeth as “[it] rises like the issue of a king,/ And wears upon his baby-brow the round/ And top of sovereignty?” (IV.I.90-95). He describes a child who is wearing a crown and deciphers it as the sons of Banquo will inherit the throne of Scotland just like the witches said at the beginning of the play. After that seven ghosts of kings appear with Banquo’s ghost and Macbeth exclaims that he does not understand who they are. Then he realizes they are Banquo’s descendants and says, “Horrible sight! Now I see ’tis true;/For the blood-boltered Banquo smiles upon me/ And points at them for his.” (IV.I.127-129). Macbeth still sees a blood covered Banquo and is haunted by the sight of his friend in such a way. These ghosts not only haunt his mind, but take over his moral judgement and wipe it out. Macbeth’s ambition gets the best of him and he leaves the witched with the intent of killing

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