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In our society darkness tends to be the primary characteristic of evil A black cat a dark and stormy night and a dark alley for instance are all modern day symbols of wickedness and evil Authors many times will use these and other symbols to describe an evil character or setting William Shakespeare employs the imagery of darkness throughout his play of Macbeth He uses dark images often to describe instruments of disorder and the evils which characters act upon In Macbeth Shakespeares use of the nights dark hours give a sense of evil to the play The words actions and descriptions of people such as the witches Macbeth shows this and even of other characters who are thought to be against all evil Evil is present throughout the play at a time when there is no light and Scotland is covered by a shadow of darkness In Macbeth the witches are a prime source of darkness First of all the place and time of the witchs meetings all take on the feeling of darkness The only times of their meetings are in the middle of the night and often in terrible conditions of thunder and lightning The witches meet in a dark cave The cave is an appropriate setting for the witches because caves are murky and gloomy and tend to represent the ideas of the underworld and hell From the conditions and the location that the witches meet a feeling of evil is already created The appearance of the witches also adds to the feeling of darkness and evil The witches are described as being secret black and midnight hags by Macbeth himself Act IV i 47 The image today of a witch is an old ugly woman who dresses all in black and has a wart on her nose and rides around on a broomstick The picture hasnt changed much except for the fact she now rides around on a broom Witches
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