Macbeth by William Shakespeare

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Macbeth by William Shakespeare

”By th'clock 'tis day, And yet dark strangles the traveling lamp. Is't night's predominance, or the day's shame, That darkness does the face of the earth entomb, When living light should kiss it?” (Act II Scene IV).

Ross says to the old man that everything is out of wack. He says that even the day is dark. The old man also adds that a falcon was caught by an owl. These things show how messed up Scotland is without King Duncan., and with Macbeth now ruling.

“The instruments of darkness tell us truths,Win us with honest trifles, to betray's In deepest consequence-(Act I Scene III).

Darkness and Light MotifElizabeth Zaczyk

This quote really proves how intelligent Banquo is with his words. He speaks his mind, and believes that the three witches want you to believe everything they say, even though you don't know if they absolutely know your prophecy. They want you to not be successful and prosperous in your lifetime, and they know exactly how to do it. They tell you part of your real prophecy and make up the rest, so you believe that you have to do exactly what the prophecy foretold. Obviously Macbeth wasn't listening to Banquo's intelligent words, because Macbeth goes on about saying,”Two truths are told, As happy prologues to the swelling act Of the imperial theme (Act IScene III).

Light going out means many things in the play. Banquo dying could've made the light go out. A supernatural element could have made the light go out so that Fleance could escape. Also, the light going out could've meant that Scotland is being destroyed more , because just like Duncan, all of Scotland was acting up. Maybe for Banquo, all of Scotland went dark for that one moment.

”Who did strike out the light”(Act III Scene III)?

Lightness and darkness play a significant role in Macbeth. It shows how sometimes the play is light ;the light went out for the effect of Banquo dying. He played a significant role to Scotland as Thane of Lochaber, so like the passing of Duncan, Scotland was effected. Darkness went over the land when Duncan died. Everything wasn't normal anymore. The falcon was caught by an owl, and Duncan's horses were eating eachother. This showed that Scotland is going to be all messed up because Duncan died. Also another dark part of the play is when Banquo says that the witches are only partially telling the prophecy. He believes that the witches just want you to have massive downfalls in life. That is why they tell you your prophecy, because they not that in the end, you'll try so hard, that you'll end up dying for it.


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