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Macbeth according to Spurgeon

             Spurgeon writes an article on the imagery presented through out Macbeth. She says that the imagery of Macbeth is more compelling then any other of Shakespeare's plays. The concept that his imagery in Macbeth is so well done that it interweaves onto itself to create greater imagery. Spugeon says that one of the greatest pieces of imagery in the play is Macbeth himself. Saying that when Macbeth is spoken about in the play he is often described as an ill-fitting garment, as though he is just not quite right. The imagery of Macbeth is not the only thing described as clothing though, many of the happenings through out the play. Shakespeare's imagery is not unique to just Macbeth however. When reading Shakespeare's other works, you discover that the same theme in his imagery can be found in other works. However, according to Spurgeon, Macbeth is by far Shakespeare's finest use of Imagery. You see how he paints a picture of vastness quite well when Ross tells Macduff of the murders of his own wife and children. Ross says "I have words that would be howl"d out in the desert air, where hearing should not latch them." This shows clearly how Shakespeare paints a picture of vastness to the audience. Spugeon says that as the play goes on the imagery become continually darker. The images become continually darker as the play progresses. One image that appears in all of Shakespeare's works is the idea that sin is a disease. Shakespeare makes it seem as though it is contagious and that it can be cured. In Macbeth he paints the image that all of Scotland is sick with the disease of sin. In act five Macbeth asks the doctor to find the cure for Scotland's disease. Spugeon speaks about who the scene is always set clearly before the action happens by the words the characters use to describe their surroundings. Their images make you aware of the mood unconsciously so that you understand what is going to happen before it does.

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