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MOTIFS Motifs play a very significant role in the play MacBeth Some of the motifs are more obvious then others and some play a larger role in the play but without them the play would just not be the same I have choosen to take an in depth look at three specific motifs although there are more than three motifs in the play The first of the three motifs is nature in the play different scenes have different objects of nature Rarely does one see a sunny pleasant scene Almost all of the scenes are either dark at night or rainy and sometimes all three Any time a killing was near or one was being done it was never pleasant outside For example when King Duncan was killed it was at night and a storm was going on outside Again when Banquo was murdered it was at night and this time deep in the woods Even if it was the middle of the day and a murder was near the sun was not shinning The scenes where evil was brought out in people were gloomy and dark The second motif is animals but not any old animal the animals used in the play were mean ugly animals of prey There was birds like owls and hawks many different kinds of dogs including greyhounds mongrels spaniels and many others A quote said by Macbeth supports this motif Ay in the catalogue ye go for men As hounds and greyhounds mongrels spaniels curs shoughs water rugs an demi-wolves are clept All by the name of dogs The valued file Distinguishes the swift slow the subtle The housekeeper the hunter everyone According to the gift which bounteous nature Hath in him closed whereby he does receive Particular addition from the bill That writes them all alike and so of men In this quote Macbeth refers to Banquo as the dog when he is talking to the murderers
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