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Enviado por: Jerry 22 junio 2011

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le world of man to outscorn

The to and fro conflicting wind and rain.

Storms were also frequent in another correspondence, that between macrocosm and body politic. Storms and perturbations in the heavens were duplicated by commotions and disasters In the state of men.” (E. M. W. Tillyard, "The Elizabethan World Order," Shakespeare’s History Plays (The Macmillan Co., 1946): 10-20).

Finally, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth are talking in the scene just before the murder of Banquo and Macbeth tells her:

"Light thickens, and the crow makes wing to the rooky wood: Good things of

day begin to droop and drowse, whiles night's black agents to their preys do

rouse" (3. 2. l50-53).

This example of dark imagery is telling us that the day is turning into night, all the good things are going to sleep, and the evil creatures are about to come out . Since the imagery creates an sinister atmosphere it leads then to the second dramatic purpose, to amaze the emotions of the audience. Dark imagery is a very good tool to amuze the emotions of the audience. It enables people to create a mental picture of

what they are reading and it catches their attetion if they are watching the performance of the play. For instance, in this example of dark imagery, Duncan and Macbeth were talking when Macbeth says aside:

"Stars, hide your fires! Let not light see my black and deep desires" (1. 4. l50-51).

When words like dark and desire are put together in that context it creates many disturbing mental pictures about murder and fights which attracts peoples attention and impresses its emotions. Later, Ross is talking with an old man when he says :

"By the clock `tis day, and yet dark night strangles the traveling lamp" (2. 4. l6-7).

This means that although the sun should beout, something is blocking the light. This example of dark imagery creates an “ill –fated” feeling in the reader because it is strange and anti -natural for the sun to be blocked.

One might think that God is punishing them ,or that there is the presence of a devil if the sun was gone, and would stir up the emotions of the reader although it was probably only an eclipse, Another natural event that amazed the Elizabethan people.

Another case of dark imagery happens when Lady Macbeth and a messenger are talking and Lady Macbeth says:

"That my keen knife see not the wound it makes, nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark to cry, "Hold, hold!"" (1. 5. l52-54).

It is easier to murder someone in the dark of night or in the shadows,when the good people is sleeping in their houses and there’s no one to see what you are doing,that is what Lady Macbeth means in those lines, since there is no one to see her,no witnesses at all,the is not a crime and it is easy to do.

As well as amusing the emotions of the audience dark imagery works well

in characterization. Darkn imagery is also very useful for a further dramatic

purpose, to characterize, and specifically to depict Macbeth. Through the use of dark imagery Shakespeare was able to characterize Macbeth as perceived in this next quote where Macduff and Malcolm are talking and Macduff says :

"Not in legions of horrid hell can come a devil more damn'd in evils,to top Macbeth" (4. 3. l55-56).

It is understood that Macduff views Macbeth as a man even further corrupt than any devil and would consequently characterize him as evil. Later on,almost next to that, Macbeth enters a scene with Young Siward and Young Siward asks for his name. Macbeth replies and Young Siward replies with:

"The devil himself could not pronounce a title more hateful to mine ear" (5. 7.l8-9).

This shows that, Young Siward views Macbeth as a bad man. Lastly, Malcolm is speaking with Macduff and saying how he will reveal his real evil self and says :

"When they shall beopen'd, black Macbeth will seem as pure as snow" (4. 3. l52-53).

This depicts Macbeth as a dark, evil person but it also makes us realize that Malcolm is actually more evil than Macbeth. Darkness was very effective portraying Macbeth as an evil man in all the previous quotes.

Blood is also a recurrent imagery in the play and it simbolizes the crime,for instance,althought Lady Macbeth does not kill the king herself by the beginning of act five she starts having regrets about how she encouraged Her husband to murder the king. This is shown while she is walking sleep and tries to wash away imaginary stains of blood in her hands.

Viewing the previous, it is shown that darkness does play a big role in developing the dramatic purposes . Darkness imagery does help to get the audience into the atmosphere, it does provoke the audience response to the play, and it does help to illustrate the characters in Macbeth.



E. M. W. Tillyard, "The Elizabethan World Order," Shakespeare’s History Plays (The Macmillan Co., 1946)