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In William Shakespeares Macbeth symbolism is often used in showing the overall theme of murder There are several distinguishing forms of this throughout the play The contrast of light and dark representing good and evil plays a major role in the sequence of the events in the play Blood symbolizes murder and guilt The classical form of cleaning by water is used several times in the play mainly in the murder scenes Symbolism is widely displayed in order to achieve the general topic of evil Light and dark represent good and evil in the play During the time in which Macbeth was written the king was associated with the sun The sunset symbolized his death The quotes When shall we three meet again and That will be ere the set of sun I i 14 foreshadow the kings death The viewing of light and dark is used several times throughout the play Stars hide your fires Let not light see my black and deep desires I iv 50-51 demonstrates Macbeths transition evil Most of the corrupt and disturbing events in Macbeth occur under darkness it seems The murders Lady Macbeths sleepwalking and the appearance of the witches all take place at night Lady Macbeths sleepwalking scene is another example of the light and darkness symbol She once wanted the darkness but now carries a candle to try and forget about it The line She has light by her continually tis her command V i 19 symbolizes Lady Macbeths fear of darkness and evil The image of blood plays a vital role in the event of Duncans murder It represents Macbeths guilt and shame about the gruesome heart wrenching crime After killing the king Macbeth comments on his hands while they appear to be stained by blood by saying As they had seen me with these hangmans hands II ii 28 Macbeth refuses to return to the crime scene to
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