Darkness and Light

By Leah and Megan

6 References to Darkness and Light


Lady Macbeth want's it to be the night after the killing of King Duncan so she can hide her dead from heaven and herself.

Lady Macbeth: Come, thick night, And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell, That my keen knife see not the wound it makes, Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark,To cry "Hold, hold!"

When Macbeth kills King Duncan there is not a star in the sky and he likes that because he thinks it will hide his own guilt from himself.

Macbeth: "There's husbandry in heaven; Their candles are all out."

After King Duncan's murder it is strangely dark which shows that something bad has happened and the new day doesn't want to start.

Ross: "By the clock, 'tis day, And yet dark night strangles the travelling lamp:"

The murder of Banquo takes place in the dark.

The first murderer: "Then stand with us. The west yet glimmers with some streaks of day;"

Lady Macbeth sleepwalks in the darkness of night with a candle and she imagines she sees a spot of King Duncan's blood on her hand.

Lady Macbeth: "Out, damned spot! out, I say!—One: two: why, then, 'tis time to do't.—Hell is murky!—Fie, my lord, fie! a soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account?—Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?"


Macbeth starts out noble and good which is a symbol of light but later turns dark and selfish.

When Macbeth finds out that Lady Macbeth killed herself the light from the candle went out.

Macbeth: "And all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!"



"Macbeth Navigator: Themes: Sight, Light, Darkness, and Blindness." Macbeth

        Navigator: Themes: Sight, Light, Darkness, and Blindness. N.p., n.d. Web. 17  

        Mar. 2014. <http://www.shakespeare-navigators.com/macbeth/Sigh...>

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