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Imagery in Macbeth In all of Shakespeares plays he uses many forms of imagery Imagery the art of making images the products of imagination In the play Macbeth Shakespeare applies the imagery of clothing darkness and blood listed from least to most Each detail is his imagery it seems to contain an important symbol of the play Symbols that the reader must understand if they are to interpret either the passage or the play as a whole Within the play Macbeth the imagery of clothing portrays that Macbeth is seeking to hide his disgraceful self from his eyes and others Shakespeare wants to keep alive the ironical contrast between the wretched creature that Macbeth really is and the disguises he assumes to conceal the fact In opinion the reader thinks of the play honors 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 which is a crucial point that Shakespeare has made The description of the purpose of clothing in Macbeth is the fact that these garments are not his 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 honors sit ill upon him like loose and badly fitting garments belonging to someone else New honours come upon him Like our strange garments cleave not to their mould But with the aid of use Act I iii 144 The second form used to add to the atmosphere the imagery of darkness In a Shakespearean tragedy we have known him to create a special tone or atmosphere to show the darkness in a tragedy In Macbeth Shakespeare draws upon the design of the witches the guilt in Macbeths soul and the darkness of the night to establish the atmosphere All of
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