Macbeth Imagery and Theme

Macbeth Imagery and Theme

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  • Weather
  •  When shall we three meet again?  In thunder, lightning, or in rain? (1.1.1-2)
  • Weather
  • I have seen Hours dreadful and things strange, but this score night hath trifled former knowings. (2.4.2-4)
  • Weather
  • It will be rain tonight. (3.3.18)
  • The weather in this scene is used to create a dark and frightening mood giving the idea that something bad is going to happen. Many people at the time already thought that witches were evil and the environment strengthens this idea by putting them in dark and mysterious weather. This highlights the theme of good vs. evil.
  • After the death of Duncan, the weather is used to show the mood of the characters and foreshadow the difficulties that Scotland will face in the future. The Old Man tells Ross that throughout his life he has never seen weather this bad. When the animals begin behaving unnaturally, this shows the theme of disorder.  This helps develop the idea that the king's death is detrimental to Scotland causing unnatural events.  
  • Banquo predicts the coming of rain to show that he thinks something bad will happen to him. The rain is a form of imagery used to represent his mood and feelings, showing the theme of chaos. 
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