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November 28 2005 1:55 AM EST
my english grade depends on it. its an essay on how imagery is used in Shakespeare's "Macbeth" play.... enjoy
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...
Imagery is used in storys to make the reader think deeper about what the writer is trying to portray, and to enhance the story in a very detailed way. Shakespeare uses all kinds of imagery in the play "Macbeth" to better describe the characters. The imagery is used to show the characters' true thoughts and feelings about the conflicts involved in the play.
Shakespeare often uses animals to describe events in a meaningful way. After the murder of King Duncan, when Ross speaks to the Old Man, he says that "Duncan's horses - a thing most strange and certain. . . They did so [eat each other], to th'amazement of mine eyes, That looked upon't." (Shakespeare 2.4.14, 19-20). Ross says that King Duncan's harmless horses ate each other because natural world is conflicting with the human world. The horses ate each other because the murder of King Duncan was a tragedy, therefore, the human world is having an affect on the natural world, and visa versa. When the English and Scottish armies advance on Dunsinane to kill Macbeth, he says that "They have tied me to a stake; I cannot fly, But bear-like I must fight the course." (5.6.1-2). What he means by this is that he can't run anywhere, and he has to fight like a bear that is tied to a stake in an arena. Shakespeare uses a bear tied to a stake because he can't leave his castle because the two armies have surrounded him, and bears are strong, powerful, and will fight to the death, and that's exactly what Macbeth does.
Shakespeare uses a lot of blood imagery to describe certain events in an evil way. When Macbeth is going to King Duncan's chamber to murder him, he imagines a "blade [with] dudgeon gouts of blood" (2.1.46) that points the way to Duncan's chamber. Macbeth knew what he was going to do was very disloyal and wrong, but he did it anyway. The blood represents the evil deed that Macbeth is about to undertake, and the madness that would soon engulf him. After Macbeth murders the king, he says to himself "Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No; this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine, making the green one red" (2.2.60-63). Macbeth knows what he did was so horrendous that he will feel the guilt of his crime for the rest of his life. All the water in the seas can't wash the blood off his hands, but instead the seas will turn red with blood.
The use of night imagery represents Macbeth and Lady Macbeth covering their tracks and concealing the evil they created. When Macbeth begins to plan out the murders of Banquo and his son, he says to his wife "Come, seeling night, scarf up the tender eye of pitiful day, and with thy bloody and invisible hand cancel and tear to pieces that great bond which keeps me paled!" (3.2.46-50). Macbeth says the night will destroy those that keep him in fear. The night signifies the very fears of Macbeth, and the destruction of all his fears, which are Banquo and his son. After Macbeth sees Banquo's ghost at the banquet, Lady Macbeth tells the crowd "Question enrages him: at once, good night." (3.4.119). Here, the night represents the madness that has overwhelmed Macbeth. He starts to see ghosts and he imagines things that arent real after he murders Duncan, and he has lost his mind and gone insane.
The use of imagery in "Macbeth" reveals the characters' strengths and weaknesses, and their true thoughts, feelings, and intensions. Animal imagery represents the connection between the natural and human world, blood imagery represents evil, guilt, and dishonesty, and the use of night imagery represents fear and madness. Imagery is used every day through out our lives, and can define a person and their true strengths, weaknesses, fears, feelings, ideas and their personality.
November 28 2005 1:56 AM EST
oh yeah i forgot to add, tell me what you think!
November 28 2005 1:59 AM EST
I can give you some quick advice. I doubt you used a spellcheck after reading the first 5 words. Storys is spelled stories. So yeah, use a spellcheck ;)
I wrote something on this topic last year too. I'm getting a bit tired of Shakespeare though... can't understand half of the gibberish Shakespeare writes.
November 28 2005 2:12 AM EST
i cant understand anything except small words like "is, as, to, the," etc. and i had to write it in word pad, so no spell check 8( but im gunna upload it to my dads computer and use wordperfect to spell check
November 28 2005 3:27 AM EST
I've never used it, because i have a copy of Office XP, but i've heard it works well. it says it's compatible with other office products, too, so i assume this means that openoffice's Word-compatible stuff can be opened in microsoft word.
at least, i think this is the one i was told about, might have been a different one, but this one is probably a safe bet.
Let me know if anybody tries it out, I'd be curious as to how it compares to Microsoft's stuff.
Or use the spellcheck here...
November 28 2005 4:24 AM EST
put it into a reply and use google's toolbar spellchecker
Ask Bast about the grammar.
Ross says that King Duncan's harmless horses ate each other because natural world is conflicting with the human world.
The horses ate each other because the murder of King Duncan was a tragedy, therefore, the human world is having an affect on the natural world, and visa versa.
I dont know if its my interpretation of it but those sentences dont seem right to me. I had always thought that the horses ate each other because it was supposed to be an omen to everyone else that something strange had happened. 2 horses suddenly eating each other would be considered extremely strange and random which would eventually lead to someone thinking that the sudden murder of King Duncan to be a strange event as well and that they were somehow linked together.
Its just my 2 cents. Everything else is fine except for those 2 sentences and the grammar.
November 28 2005 9:33 AM EST
Use paragraphs! I would fail you for passing in that messy block of text!
November 28 2005 9:34 AM EST
paragraphing is your friend.
What grade is dependent on this? If you are giving this to your 6th grade reading teacher, congrats! If this was assigned by your freshman English teacher at Stanford, poor you.
Imagery is used in [literature] to make (does the author really _make_ the reader do anything?) the reader think deeper about what the writer is trying to portray (is it to encourage thought, or to make the experience a less thinking one?), and to enhance the story in a very detailed way (is imagery merely the details?). Shakespeare uses all kinds (all kinds? Are there many kinds? Or is there one? If there are many, how do you know he used them all?) of imagery in the play "Macbeth" to better describe (does imagery describe? portray? illustrate?) the characters. The imagery is used to show the characters' true thoughts and feelings about the conflicts involved in the play. (Are you quite sure this is what the imagery is doing?)
November 28 2005 10:04 AM EST
That's why I prefer to stick to my math and formal, scientific writing ;)
November 28 2005 10:05 AM EST
I studied Macbeth at school...
I'm currently sitting in the corner suffering flashbacks! Aaaarrrgghhhh!
I won my only festival (is that what we used to call them?) for my portrayal of Malvolio. :D
"Sweet lady, Ho ho." :D
November 29 2005 12:33 AM EST
BTW guys i did paragraph, it just didnt show up when i posted it 8(
November 29 2005 12:36 AM EST
bast thank you for your recommendations, read my paper over, edited it how you suggested, and turned it in =D
I only reviewed one 'graph. This should be interesting.
And now I want to go watch "Throne of Blood" again. :-)
Xiaz on Hiatus
November 29 2005 5:12 AM EST
I had to go watch a modernized rendition of Macbeth back in HS. I understand a production needing to stay to a budget, but using Christmas trees to represent a moving forest? Haha!
November 29 2005 7:22 AM EST
Christmas Trees? Luxury! Our school production had to make do with leafy twigs.
November 29 2005 9:01 AM EST
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