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The piercing shriek of an owl the howling of the wind and daggers smeared in gouts of blood are all strong images Besides creating a picture in ones mind they also allow for the reader to probe deeper into the significance of a work of literature as imagery is able to reveal atmosphere and thus in turn theme Shakespeare is a master in his use of imagery in the play Macbeth for the vividness of his images guide the reader into attaining a deeper insight into his major themes which are evil guilt and remorse and chaos and disorder These themes are intertwined throughout the entire play however for a thorough analysis of Shakespeares imagery it is sufficient to take a closer look at Act 2 of Macbeth Macbeth is a confused man who falters in thought about whether or not to murder King Duncan A question to ponder throughout the play is whether or not Macbeth is an evil man It is justifiable to claim that he is not completely saintly for his thoughts reveal a murderous intention when he hallucinates that he sees a bloodstained dagger Macbeth questions Is this a dagger which I see before me The Handle toward my hand Come let me clutch thee I have thee not and yet I see thee stillShakespeare Act 2 Scene 1 Lines 33-35 The dagger as a murder weapon is presented to the reader in Act 2 and its image supports a sense of foreboding The reader is destined to believe that the dagger may be used in a killing as Macbeth pictures it dirtied by the act of murder The protagonist speaks to the weapon and says I see thee still And on thy blade and dungeon gouts of bloodShakespeare Act 2 Scene 1 Lines 45-46 A gruesome image of blood convinces the reader of the evil that is lurking even in Macbeths hallucinations Evil is further illuminated through Shakespeares use
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