Macbeth Quotes Analysis

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is dark as opposed to innocent activities in the day. As the play progresses, Macbeth kills Duncan to ascend the throne, dark imagery is used as Macbeth deals with his actions. Macbeth realizes that he must kill Duncan in order to become King. However, he becomes morally conflicted due to the fact that Duncan had not wronged Macbeth in any way. Shakespeare uses this point in the play to capitalize on the use of light and dark imagery by portraying Macbeth’s concerns about his situation. “Stars hide your fires; let light not see my black and deep desires.” (I.4.57-58) In this quote, Shakespeare personifies the light, moral side of Macbeth as he wishes to conceal his actions to evade further guilt. Shakespeare’s use of the rhetorical device personification communicates Macbeth’s ever-present morals as he is…show more content…
Although Macbeth is apprehensive about the act of murdering Duncan, Lady Macbeth ultimately convinces him to do it. Shakespeare uses Lady Macbeth to mark a moral turning point for Macbeth as he goes through with the murder. “Come, thick night/And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell,/That my keen knife see no wound it makes/Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark” (I.5.57-59) Through her persuasion Lady Macbeth causes the light inside of Macbeth to fade away as he becomes more evil and dark. This marks a moral turning point for Macbeth as he begins his descent into immorality. Shakespeare uses imagery by referring to darkness as a blanket, covering the immoral and corrupt actions of her and Macbeth. She is calling out to the night to have the darkness cover her malevolent activities. Shakespeare’s use of Lady Macbeth’s fear of the light and heaven witnessing her actions is representative of the fact that they feel guilty about what is going to happen. Shakespeare uses Macbeth’s murder of Duncan as a noticeable turning point in the story. Shakespeare changes the setting of the play to mainly occur
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