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The Role of Imagery in Macbeth If a picture tells a thousand words than imagine the importance of an image upon a play such as Macbeth In any literary work it is extremely important that the author can effectively manipulate a readers feelings towards a character In Macbeth that feat is accomplished magnificently by Shakespeare Through his skillful use of imagery Shakespeare shows us a deeper look into the true character of Macbeth Though imagery is widespread throughout Macbeth it is most dominant in clothing imagery light and darkness imagery and blood imagery Through these images Shakespeare shows the development of Macbeths character Using clothing imagery Shakespeare develops Macbeths character This is evident as imagery of clothing shows us Macbeths ambition and the consequences thereof We see this ambition through Banquo when he says New honours come upon him Like our strange garments cleave not to their mould but with the aid of use Shakespeare Macbeth I III 144-146 meaning that new clothes do not fit our bodies until we are accustomed to them Throughout the entire play Macbeth is constantly wearing new clothes titles that are not his and do not fit Hence his ambition This ambition as we see is what leads to his demise When Macbeth first hears the prophecy that he will be King he does not see how it can be so to be king Stands not within the prospect of belief I III 73-74 However Macbeths ambitious nature becomes visible when he considers murdering King Duncan to claim the throne If it were done when tis done then twere well It were done quick ly I VII 1-2 His ambition is encouraged by Lady Macbeth of whom attempts to convince him to commit this crime and lay claim to the throne He is reluctant however as Macbeth states I have bought Golden opinions from all sorts of people Which would be worn
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