Shakespeare's Use Of Violence In Macbeth

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To suggest this later change, Shakespeare emphasises Macbeth’s capacity for violence through the Captain’s soliloquy in how he describes Macbeth’s actions.The Captain states that Macbeth’s sword “smoked with bloody execution” and was used to “carve a passage” through his enemies before he ultimately “unseamed” Macdonwald. These verbs are highly suggestive, expressive Macbeth’s combat skills but also a darker side to the character. When stating that Macbeth’s sword “smoked”, when being used, Shakespeare suggests images of heat and of blood flecks filling the air – both of which emphasise the power of Macbeth’s strokes. By linking his weapon to heat – or even fire – Shakespeare could also be making an analogy to the flaming swords used by guardian

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