19 October 2012
“Out, out brief candle” (V, v, 3)
In this scene of the play, Macbeth is responding to the news of Lady Macbeth’s suicide. He is comparing the light of the candle to the life of lady Macbeth that has been shortened. Now we can see that the candle's flame has become a metaphor for her short life and sudden death. This is a very useful tactic that Shakespeare used in the play because it allowed the reader to not only visualize it, giving a sense of imagery, but compare the suicide to a well known aspect of life. Simile & Metaphor :
“"Look like the innocent flower but be thou the Serpent under it" (I, v, 66-67) The first part of the quote is a simile and the second part is a metaphor. Macbeth is reluctant to murder the king. But Lady Macbeth, driven by ambition, instigates him to kill Duncan when he is asleep. She tells him to put on an appearance of innocence but be as venomous as the snake that hides behind it. "be thou the serpent under it" is a metaphor because the word of comparison is absent and both Macbeth and Serpent are spoken of as one and the same. By doing this, it gives the reader a sense of just how evil and two-faced Macbeth is told to be. Imagery:
“I see thee still,
And on thy blade and dudgeon gouts of blood,
Which was not so before? There’s no such thing:
It is the bloddy business which informs.” (I, ii, 45-49)
This is a very strong use of imagery in MacBeth. Shakespeare is able to provide a vivid image for the reader as MacBeth is experiencing his hallucination. This is useful because if it were not a part of the play, the reader would have a hard time picturing the hallucination causing them to lose some of the portrayal and importance of this scene which also foreshadows the scenes to come.
Peeping through the blanket of the dark to cry “Hold, Hold!” (I, v, 3)
When Lady Macbeth calls for the spirits to prevent “heaven” from...