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In Macbeth the imagery of animals behavior and class status advances the theme ofanimals in relation to human characteristics The examples discussed in my paper willmake it quite clear that this imagery is evident throughout the play In Act 1 sc 3 line 8 the first witch chants and says that the sailor is the master ofthe Tiger The witch is comparing the man to a Tiger The tiger is a very good animal andis near the top of the Elizabethan World Picture Hence the man is good Furthermorethe witch says that she herself is like a rat without a tail Thus she is missing somethingimportant The witch is incomplete just like the rat Furthermore I believe she is hidingsomething because when you are missing something you are apt to be very self consciousand hide it In addition the rat is veer low on the chain of being The next passage is Act 1 sc 7 line 49 In this passage Lady Macbeth is quotedsaying like the poor cat I th adage 1 vii 49 That means the cat who eats fish but will not get his feet wet Folgers p 40 Lady Macbeth is telling Macbeth that he is likethe cat because he wants to become king but he wont get his hands bloody HoweverLady Macbeth would find someone else to get their feet wet someone to do her dirtyworkIn act 2 scene 4 line 15 the old man and Ross talk about the recent murder Theold man says that the killer an owl made sure no one was looking and attacked the falconand killed it The owl lower then the falcon on the chain of being usually eats mice whichis low on the hierarchy But this time the owl eats the falcon whom is usually on the topof the hierarchyLater in the play during act 3 Macbeth talks bout the list of dogs and the list ofmen On line 140 in
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