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In William Shakespears Macbeth symbolism is abundantly used in exemplifying the overall theme of murder There are several prominent forms of this throughout the play The contrast of light and dark representing good and evil plays a major role in the advancement of events in the play Blood symbolizes murder and guilt The archetypal pattern of purification by water is used several times in the play particularly in the murder scenes Symbolism is widely displayed in order to achieve the general topic of evil Light and dark represent good and evil in the play During the time in which Macbeth was written the king was associated with the sun The sunset symbolized his death or overthrow The quotes When shall we three meet again and That will be ere the set of sun I i 14 foreshadow the kings death The imagery of light and dark continues throughout the play Stars hide your fires Let not light see my black and deep desires I iv 50-51 demonstrates Macbeths step toward evil Most of the corrupt or unusual events in Macbeth occur under a cloak of darkness The murders Lady Macbeths sleepwalking and the appearance of the witches all take place at night Lady Macbeths sleepwalking scene is the epitome of the lightdarkness symbol She once craved the darkness but now carries a candle to dispel it The line She has light by her continually tis her command V i 19 symbolizes Lady Macbeths fear of darkness or evil The image of blood plays an important role in the event of Duncans murder It represents Macbeths guilt and shame about the horrific crime After killing the king Macbeth comments on his blood stained hands by saying As they had seen me with these hangmans hands II ii 28 Macbeth refuses to return to the crime scene to smear blood on the guards fearing the blood will
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