Presentation on theme: "Imagery in Macbeth Darkness Sleep Clothing Sickness and disease Blood."— Presentation transcript:
1 Imagery in MacbethDarknessSleepClothingSickness and diseaseBlood
2 Analysis What is the image? What does it mean? How does it reflect character?What effect does it have?
3 Words that show analysis The writer intends the reader to thinkThe writer intends the reader to feelThe image makes the reader feelThe writer is implying
4 ExamplesClothing“Within the play ‘Macbeth’ the imagery of clothing portrays thatMacbeth is seeking to hide his “disgraceful self” from his eyesand others”Darkness“In ‘Macbeth’, Shakespeare draws upon the design of the witches,the guilt in Macbeth’s soul, and the darkness of the night toestablish the atmosphere.”
5 ExamplesBlood“Shakespeare uses the imagery of blood to represent treason, guilt,murder and death.”Sickness and disease“.....in particular the imagery of disease acts as a metaphor for eviland corruption.”Sleep“A guilty conscience, a blameful, responsible feeling of culpability, leaves bothLady Macbeth and Macbeth guilt ridden and full of remorse. They both have murderedsleep, therefore they will never take pleasure from peacefulness again”
6 CLOTHINGShakespeare apparently intended to degrade his hero by giving him clothes which were unsuited to him.His garments seem either too big or too small for him, his ambition is too big and his character too small for his new and unrightful role as king.After becoming Thane of Cawdor he feels as if “dressed in borrowed clothes, Banquo comments “New honours come upon him/Like our strange garments, cleave not to the mould/But with the aid of use.”Caithness sees him as a man trying in vain to fasten a large garment on him with two small a belt.Angus finally says, “now does he feel his title/Hang loose about him, like a giant’s robe/upon a dwarfish thief.”
7 BLOOD Blood represents treason, guilt, murder and death. Macbeth is first a brave, honoured soldier, but as the play progresses hebecomes identified with death and bloodshed.Blood changes from honour to treachery.Originally he is referred to by Duncan who says “What bloody man is that?”This is a term of endearment as he is referring to Macbeth as a brave fighter.Later in the play when Macbeth’s treachery has been revealed Macduffsays “I have no words, my voice is in my sword, thou bloodier villain thanterms can give thee out.”
8 DARKNESSAll of the remarkable scenes take place at night or in some dark spot, iethe murder of Duncan, the murder of Banquo and Lady Macbeth’s sleepwalking.Darkness stands for the evil and death, it can blind out all the horrible thingsthat happen at night, it is where evil deeds are done.Lady Macbeth asks “thick night” to come with “smoke of hell” so her knifemight not see the wound it makes in the sleeping king.When Lady Macbeth descends into madness she needs a candle or lightto protect her against evil forces which are symbolised by the darkness in hersoul.
9 SICKNESS AND DISEASEMacbeth, is ill with the disease of evil.In Act 4 Macduff and Malcolm lament the fact that Scotland is as ill as itsruler.Malcolm describes the country like a being which is bleeding under Macbeth,while Macduff talks about healing Scotland through the medicine ofrevenge.Later in the play Macbeth asks the doctor to cure Lady Macbeth’s sicknessand the sickness of Scotland.Macbeth’s slow descent down the moral ladder is like a disease spreadingthrough a human body’s organs.
10 SLEEPWhen someone commits a crime, he or she will get caught up in themoment of the deed, but later will have time to think about what theydid, usually as they are about to go to sleep.Macbeth obsesses about whether or not he will be able to go to sleepeven before he kills Duncan.Sleep is something he will need to feel peaceful and well-restedLater Macbeth has “murdered sleep”, and cannot rest because of the crimehe has committed.Sleep is also a state of vulnerability and an openness to attack.