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In the play The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare the setting clarifies the various themes and characters of the play Darkness deceiving appearances and the supernatural are aspects of setting that influence the characters actions and lives The play shows that an environment is a crucial aspect of ones life Depending on where they live ones surroundings affect their reactions and decisions The play initiates its setting on a dark gloomy battlefield where war is in order This setting clarifies the darkness is equivalent to evil theme and Macbeths evil mentality because it shows that Scotland is in a state of disorder This setting brings darkness upon the entire country and Macbeths actions as well And as the setting grows darker Macbeths wickedness develops alongside Except for Macbeths all murders in the play occur at night Macbeth wanted stars hide your fires so he could kill Duncan without heaven seeing what he was doing This obviously is an example of mens mentality as they go into war Even Duncans trained horses seem like they are going to Make war with mankind 2418 by going wild and breaking out of their stalls on the night of his death This shows that the dark and warlike setting influences even the animals in Shakespeares play Secondly castles in the Shakespearian time period were deceiving in appearance They are looked upon as glorious structures that were beautiful peaceful and everything but cold and reeking of feces Such a setting is Macbeths castle its deceiving appearance clarifies the deceiving actions of the characters that inhabit it The king as Macbeths guest is first to be deceived by the castle This castle hath a pleasant seat the air nimbly and sweetly recommends itself unto our gentle senses 161-3 This shows that the king is pleased with the setting The castles deceiving quality also clarifies Lady Macbeths mentality To beguile the time look like the time 1561-62 Lady Macbeth convinces
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