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The Use of Blood and Animal Imagery in Macbeth There are several instances of imagery through out acts I II and III in the play Macbeth Imagery is sensatory details touch sounds etc that enhance the feelings or senses of the reader more than abstract language does The imagery that Shakespeare so eloquently uses serves not only to heighten the level of the play but also to foreshadow events and display physiological distress within the characters The use of animal imagery suggests symbolism that is connected with the upheaval of the universe Images of blood are used to further emphasize Macbeths thoughts on murder These two images combined with others give the play a sensatory orientation and also an orientation which displays a deeper understanding of this chaotic atmosphere which seems to engulf all that are involved Animal imagery is used extensively throughout Macbeth to reflect to foreshadow or to represent certain events that have or will take place The foreshadowing of Duncans death comes when Lady Macbeth exclaims The raven himself is hoarse That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan Under my battlements A I sc 5 ll 34-36 The raven a large black bird of prey has had a long history of acceptance as the symbol of death This image of the raven foreshadows the augmented predatory nature of what will happen which ultimately results in the death of Duncan The heinous crime of overthrowing through murder is revealed by the old man Tis unnatural Even like the deed thats done On Tuesday last A falcon towering in her pride of place Was by a mousing owl harked at and killed A II sc 4 ll 11-14 This murder relates to the ambitious and heinous murder of Duncan by Macbeth for kingship This murder is again seen as a reversal of natural order where the lesser overpower the greater Macbeth refers to Fleance through animal imagery The worm thats fled
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