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Macbeth Within the heart of this play there lies the aura of darkness and evil That combines to create a dominant atmosphere of fear and deception The imagery of blood nature and the supernatural contribute to the evil atmosphere With all three of these key factors this play has an atmosphere of darkness deception and horror that surrounds the play The aura of darkness is present with the daughters of the devil The three witches are placed within the play to see that evil rises above good From the witches mouth Fair is foul and foul is fair Hover through the fog and filthy air I i 10-11 This establishes the intent of the witches to extend the path of evil The witches are under false pretense by tricking Macbeth into thinking that they are there to help him and tell him the future Macbeth seems to be blinded by evil unlike Banquo As Banquo states here But tis strange The instruments of darkness tell us truths win us with honest trifles to betrays in deepest consequence I iii 122-126 Banquo knows these witches to be evil but Macbeth likes what he hears from Satans mouth and falls into the hands of evil that very instant When the king meets his unworthy death nature all around changes because of the drastic change in life For example Some say the earth was feverous and did shake II iii 60-61 The Earthquake was to symbolize how this terrible act threw off natural life At the sound of the owl the animals knew that something terrible had happened and in fact it was the brutal slaying of their beloved king Animals all around lost order in life As the horses did here Beauteous and swift the minions of their race turned wild in nature broke their stalls flung out contending gainst obedience as they would make war with mankind II
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