Imagery and Symbols

Act 2 Scene1: Macbeth kills King Duncan.


Blood: This is a recurring image in the story Macbeth. In this scene it represents the evil that takes place in regards to the murder of King Duncan. This scene happens before Macbeth kills Duncan on his way to the Duncan's room, he sees a dagger covered in blood.  "Mine eyes are made the fools o’ the other senses,Or else worth all the rest: I see thee still;And on thy blade and dudgeon the gouts of blood,Which was not so before. There’s no such thing’(Act 2 Scene 1). Macbeth's obsession with the murder causes his hallucination, and because of this the imagery present applies to the sense of sight. This is because the physical manifestation of Macbeth's obsession gives a clear picture of the guilt and fear behind this act. It envokes a sense of disgust with Macbeth's plan to kill his cousin the king.

This scene is an example of figurative imagery. There are many uses of literacy devices in the text. An example of this is when Macbeth says "With Tarquin’s ravishing strides, towards his design Moves like a ghost." (Act 2 Scene 1). The use of a simile allows for the writing to apply to the senses. It brings out a feeling of commitment in the comparison, because Tarquin is determined to complete his goal so he does by moving like a ghost. Macbeth says this to conveys his commitment to the plan to murder Duncan. All the figurative imagery in this scene gives a deeper understanding of the text by affecting the senses and emotions.


Darkness:  This scene starts at midnight which signifies the darkness of the act that Macbeth is about to commit. It represents the idea that darkness is associated with evil.

Psychoanalytic Theory

In this scene Macbeth's actions are influenced by his Id. Macbeth desires to become king he craves the title of the king so much so, that he acts on his greed and plans to kill Duncan.  He ignores both laws and morals in order to achieve his goal of becoming the king. This is a clear representation of the Id.

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