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Many critics hold that the imagery in Macbeth is more rich and dramatic than that of any other of Shakespeare’s plays. Woven throughout the tragedy, are the recurring images of darkness, blood, and sleep. These images aid in portraying the evilness and the moral disintegration of the murdering tyrant Macbeth and his fiend-like queen. The images of darkness and night symbolize evil in both mankind and Macbeth. Instruments of darkness is referred to as …

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…Macbeth’s bloody crusade and a second prophesy began the end when, Macbeth encountered an apparition. “Be bloody, bold, and resolute! Laugh to scorn the scorn the power of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth”. (Mac.5.1.79) Yet, another important image is that of sleeplessness – a symbol of guilt and the consequences of evil. Macbeth is troubled by a voice that called out, “Sleep no more/Macbeth does murder sleep”. (Mac.2.2.34) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ **Bibliography**