Symbols In Macbeth

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All humans in the world have the urge of need/want in life, whether that goal is reached by accepting one's consequences and persevering through all the hardships or avoiding the difficult obstacles to receive that temporary satisfaction. In Macbeth by William Shakespeare, it is shown that greed and ambition are very powerful forces that may destroy all those that are around one's former self through the usages of Literary devices. Symbols which represents change in the world of Macbeth, the irony in characters beliefs, and subtle differences between characters throughout the play.

In Macbeth, Macbeth can be paired up with another character to show their differences throughout the play. One character that is paired up with Macbeth to show
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In the play light is represented by candles and fire. These sources of light represent one’s life and once they are extinguished, then comes darkness and death. Such as when the murderers are about to kill Banquo, they yell out “A light, a light!(III, iii, 17), and when Banquo has been slain, the light went out and a murderer yelled out “Who did strike out the light” (III, iii, 21). Another symbol in Macbeth is nature itself. The actions within the play reflects upon nature itself,especially the shift of a character such as Macbeth who choses to murder Duncan. As Ross meets the Old man, they discuss the weird…show more content…
The most used type of irony in the play was situational irony because the characters in the play did not play for any of the outcomes that will happen as the play progresses. In the play, Lady Macbeth is shown that she does not think about the consequences that may come with one’s action. She was blinded by her own greed at first when she says “A little water clears us of this deed; How easy is it, then!” (II, ii, 68-69), but at the end she regrets the decisions she has made when she says “What, will these hands ne’er be clean?-No more o’ ; That, my lord, no more o’that. You mar all with this; Starting.” (V, i, 31-33). Another early example of Situational Irony is the faith that Duncan has on Macbeth. Duncan has all the rights and reason to trust Macbeth because he has done so many great things for him but he never accounted for his most loyal subject to betray him. Furthermore, the biggest example of situational irony throughout the play is Macbeth’s kingship. This is true because after he received his coronation, for that short period of time he enjoys being king. But as time went by, he became more paranoid then he has been all along, especially after the murder of Banquo when Macbeth says “Prithee, see there! Behold! Look! Lo! How say you? Why, what care I? If thou canst nod, speak too.”(III, iv,
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