In Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth” themes of darkness and wickedness plague the overall play. In using these two themes, Shakespeare makes it easy for the reader to understand the vile states of mindthat some characters have that has forced and driven them to commit the atrocities they have. In Macbeth’s second soliloquy, Macbeth’s decision to murder Duncan is clearly expressed by Shakespeare’s useof imagery, negative connotation and details (allusions and comparisons) that bring alight Macbeth’s newfound evil.
In Macbeth’s first soliloquy, he is not resolute to commit regicide withoutreason to do so, other than his own greedy purposes. In this soliloquy, Macbeth is stricken with inner strife of whether he should or shouldn’t murder Duncan. However, in his second soliloquy, Macbeth isdetermined to kill Duncan and Shakespeare expresses this determination through the use of imagery of the dagger, blood and the knell that suggest that Macbeth has turned evil. By having Macbeth speakto the vision of the dagger to “come, let me clutch thee,” Shakespeare suggests that there is no more turning back for Macbeth since he is calling the instrument with which he will murder Duncanwithout much hesitation, and more so, he says that the dagger is “in form as palpable as this which now I draw.” For a bit, Macbeth tries to forget about the vision that is haunting him before his eyes, butto his dismay, when he looks again at the vision, the blade of the dagger “gouts blood which was not so before”, which suggests that even though Macbeth can vividly see the outcome of his deeds, heno longer intends to turn back on his decision. This suggests that although Macbeth at some point thought twice about murdering Duncan, he no longer feels any regret for thinking of doing so and evenbelieves that it was fate that decreed this to happen. The image of the euphemism that Macbeth uses to refer to the murder, “bloody business,” arouses a feeling of disgust for the deed that Macbeth...
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