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The snake has long been used as a symbol of sly subtlety A serpents presence has been characterized by cunning cynicism dating as far back as biblical times when the snake persuaded Eve to eat the forbidden fruit of Edens garden Even the phrase snake in the grass expresses hidden threat Shakespeare uses this treacherous reptile in Macbeth to convey the same evil In his poetic prose Shakespeare may not speak of a characters malevolence directly rather he alludes to it through serpentine imagery I analyzed four images of this type in Macbeth What is their purpose and what do they signify A deep undercurrent of meaning flows beneath each image In act one scene five Lady Macbeth tries to instill invisible evil into herself and her husband in preparation for Duncans murder She asks for supernatural unsexing for a thickening of her blood that will stop up th access and passage to remorse She fears her husband is too weak to murder Duncan which she believes is Macbeths only path to the crown After tauntingly questioning her husbands manhood she convinces him to follow her gory plan and gives him instructions to do so To beguile the time look like the time Bear welcome in your eye your hand your tongue Look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under it She says that to succeed they must feign mediocrity amongst their guests concealing their sinister desires Appearing normal will not invoke suspicions The serpent Lady Macbeth speaks of is the evil ambition Macbeth has craftily slithering out of the shade of the virtuous flower when the deed is to be done This image is used in a traditional manner denoting mischief and concealment It represents Macbeths hidden ambitions and his wifes plans This is the first example of an extensive amount of scheming that will occur in an effort to cover the bloody truths of Macbeths rise to
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