Short Essay

748 Words Mar 14th, 2014 3 Pages
Being Macbeth

ENG 125
Instructor: Sahag Gureghian

Being MacBeth Talk about a difficult read! Macbeth is definitely a difficult read, but it is also a very good read. There is something about the way it is written that has you raising your eyebrow and widening your eyes, as well as, questioning what was just read. Shakespeare used many elements when writing Macbeth. He was able to express each and every idea vividly using the elements. The three elements that I chose to discuss in this essay are foreshadowing, symbolism, and language. The first element that I would like to discuss is foreshadowing. A lot of foreshadowing took place in Macbeth. Clugston defines foreshadowing as “a technique a writer uses to hint or
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He evens states at one point that he is unsure of who he is. He has thoughts of murder and greed in order to cease power over the king. In a sense, Macbeth goes crazy, and so does Lady Macbeth. They are consumed by what they think they know and they do everything imaginable and some things unimaginable in order to make sure they get what they want. There was also a lot of symbolism that took place in Macbeth.
One use of symbolism that I noticed was when the witches would come there would always be thunder, or thunder and lightning, or darkness. This, to me, was a sign that they were bad or that something bad would happen. Ross speaks of the darkness as does Lady Macbeth and each time it is in reference to evil or something bad. Ross refers to darkness strangling a lamp in Act 2 scene 4. Lady Macbeth’s reference comes in Act 1 scene 5 when I speaking of murdering King Duncan so that Macbeth will become king. Another use of symbolism is the when Macbeth and Lady Macbeth start to imagine things that were not there. I believe that this was a symbol of their guilt. Symbolism and foreshadowing were not the only elements that Shakespeare used in Macbeth. He also used language.
Shakespeare’s use of language made Macbeth difficult to read at some points, but it also made Macbeth memorable and great. He used graphic language or imagery that put the reader in a place that allowed

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