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How does the plays Imagery help us to understand its themes and charactersFor me to answer this essay question I must first find out what exactly imagery is to do this I used an Oxford dictionary and this is the definitionImagery n Images collectively statuary carving mental images collectively ornate figurative illustration esp as used by author for particular effectAn image is a picture that the author places in your head by graphic descriptions about a subject This image is designed to help the reader understand the plot or mood or to simply add life to a story Shakespeare uses imagery a lot in his books and this imagery also symbolises a person or a theme in the storyIn the first line of act one scene two Duncan is asking his Lords who the bloody man stood before him is He says that judging by his wounded state he could tell them of the latest news of the battle This opening sentence sets the scene for the whole of the play a bloody war There is more blood when MacBeth and his lady have killed Duncan the blood symbolises guilt so Lady MacBeth smears blood onto the guards and then cleans herself of the blood on herA little water clears us of this deed meaning that if there is no blood on them they can not be guiltyBanqueting eating and food symbolise a happy and unsuspecting atmosphere When you are in a crowd you feel safe and not threatened If you are with a lot of people when there is a crime you have a very strong alibi When Macbeth was at his banquet he made a toast to Banquo who was not present MacBeth knew exactly why Banquo was not present because it was he who sent out two murderers to kill him the play is full of such lies and stories to cover up crimes so much that the criminals can not handle
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