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Macbeth - bird imagery In Shakespeares Macbeth the use of birds helps describe a character in an inhumane way It compares a character to the natural world and its natural surroundings The focus on the natural imagery of birds characterizes the unnatural images that build up and grow around certain characters according to Shakespeares time The Captain tells King Duncan how just at the moment when Macbeths forces defeated Macdonwalds rebels the Norwegian king attacked the Scottish King Duncan asks if this new attack dismayed Macbeth and Banquo The Captain trying to be humorous in a manful manner says Yes as sparrows eagles or the hare the lion1239 The Captain is comparing the predator to its prey in order to describe the way Macbeth and Banquo reacted to the battles Shakespeare is taking an unnatural occurrence such as a war and characterizing it using natural imagerylife such as birds Immediately after Lady Macbeth reads her husbands letter about the witches prophecies a messenger comes with the news that King Duncan is coming to spend the night at her castle After the messenger has left the first thing Lady Macbeth says is The raven himself is hoarse That croaks fatal entrance of Duncan Under my battlements1545-47 The raven is a bird of ill omen and Lady Macbeth means that the raven is hoarse from saying again and again that King Duncan must die Here Shakespeare is taking the idea of murder and using the natural imagery of a raven in order to reveal the thoughts of killing Duncan When King Duncan comes to Macbeths castle he remarks how sweet the air is Banquo agrees and adds This guest of summer The temple-haunting martlet does approve By his loved mansionry that the heavens breath Smells wooingly here no jutty frieze Buttress nor coign of vantage but this bird Hath made his pendant bed and
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