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Macbeth - Imagery Russell Doherty Imagery of clothing in a way is associated with the imagery of Appearance and Reality but it has a specific relevancy of its own Macbeths new honours do not all fit him as they belong to someone else Some critics say that he is being pictured as a small dishonourable man degraded and hindered by garments unsuited to him Others say that he is magnificently great but not noble and is at times a poor vain cruel man climbing over the dead bodies of friends and kinsmen to a power he is unfit to hold However whether the clothes are large or small the point is that they do not fit him because they are not his they have been stolen A hypocrite is one who hides his real nature under a disguise It is said that Macbeth hates to show himself as a hypocrite and that he does it badly In Act ISciii he asks Angus who has addressed him as Thane of Cawdor Why do you dress me in borrowed robes At this stage he is reluctant to accept any honour to which he is not entitled This underlines the change that will come over him later when he murders Duncan for the Crown In the same scene Banquo says New honours come upon him Like our strange garments cleave not to their mould But with the aid of use Perhaps he is complimenting Macbeth in suggesting that new honours make Macbeth feel awkward It is ironical that the Crown never really fits him In Act IScvii Macbeth says and I have bought Golden opinions from all sorts of people Which would be worn now in their newest gloss Not cast aside so soon Here he is proud of his new clothes and happy to wear what he has really earned He does not wish to replace them with clothes stolen from Duncan But
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