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How is evil explored in the Play Macbeth A dark night and a dark place are both symbolic of diablerie in the play Macbeth Authors use these symbols to describe an evil character or setting William Shakespeare employs the imagery of darkness in Act 4 and Act 1 of his play Macbeth to describe the agents of disorder and evil the witches Macbeth and Scotland are all described as dark because they represent the evil The witches in the first scene of Act 4 and Act 1 are depicted as agents of evil because of the dark domain around them The witches meet in a dark cave The cave is an appropriate setting for the witches because caves tend to represent the under-world and hell creating a feeling of evil The witches appearance secret black and midnight hags also indicate their evil nature The witchs dark meeting place and dark appearance all emphasize their destructive nature Macbeth in Act 4 consulted with the witches murdered Macduffs family and continued to create evil in Scotland Macbeth in Act 4 is described as an agent of disorder untitled tyrant bloody-sceptered The language in Act 1 that described Macbeth has changed from noble and kind to the diction of Act 4 which describes Macbeth as black Macbeth and a tyrant The Castle that Macbeth lives in Dunsanine is also indicative of darkness Dunsanine is similar to the word dungeon a dark and dirty place symbolising hell and the evil that lives in hell In Act 4 Macbeth is a vision of utter evil he murders and he consults witches and murders because of this he is described using dark imagery Scotland under the rule of Macbeth is described as shrouded in darkness by Malcolm Scotland in Act 4 has fallen off the Chain of Being and is now occupied with the forces of evil and disorder Scotland in Act 4 is filled with sighs
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