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In his plays Shakespeare uses many forms of imagery Many forms of his imagery are used in his play Macbeth including the forms of clothing and darkness Each detail in his imagery it seems to me contains an important symbol of the play and symbols that we must understand if we are to understand either the passage it is in or the play as a whole In Macbeth I think that the imagery of clothing is used to suggest that throughout the play Macbeth is seeking to hide his disgraceful self from his eyes and from others I think that Shakespeare wants to keep alive the ironical contrast between the wretched creature thatMacbeth really is and the disguises he assumes to conceal the fact Secondly I think that in the play honours are thought of as garments to be worn likewise Macbeth is constantly represented symbolically as the wearer of robes not belonging to him He is wearing an undeserved dignity A crucial point in describing the purpose of clothing in Macbeth is the fact that these are not his garments Therefore Macbeth is uncomfortable in them because he is continually conscious of the fact that they do not belong to him In the following passage the idea constantly recurs that Macbeths new honours sit ill upon him like a loose andbadly fitting garment belonging to someone else New honours come upon him Like our strange garments cleave not to their mould But with the aid of use 13144 The second most important chain of imagery used to add to the atmosphere is that of the imagery of darkness In a Shakespearean tragedy a special tone or atmosphere must be created to show the darkness and blackness in a tragedy In Macbeth Shakespeare uses the design of the witches the guilt in Macbeths soul and the darkness of the night to establish the atmosphere All of the remarkable scenes take place at night or in
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