Hannah Ali LIT2040-008Professor Moorhead 26 Jan 2018Dark images leadto twisted plotsMacbeth by William Shakespeare is about a man driven by ambition and the need for power, which ultimately leadsto him to commit a very deadly and sinister deed. Three wicked witches tell Macbeth a prophecy that he will one daybe king. The prophecy leads Macbeth and LadyMacbeth to murder the current king. The many dark images and moods in the play lead thereaders to believe that the events of the play will be just as twisted and sinister.The play begins with sounds ofthunder and lightning from which three witchesappear, which suggests that disturbing andsupernatural events will take place throughout the story. Furthermore, in thenext scene, a captain is speaking to KingDuncan about what occurred on the battlefield during the war.
He then continuesto describe how heroic Macbeth acted when he killed the enemy by stating, “heunseamed him the nave to the’ chops.” Theimage of Macbeth ripping the enemy open from his belly to his neck is extremelygruesome. When the three witches tell Macbeth and Banquo their prophecies, theydisclose that one day Macbeth will be kingand that Banquo will not be king, but his children will take over the throne. ImmediatelyMacbeth continues to think about the prophecy and the idea that he will be king;however, the current King Duncan stands inthe way of Macbeth becoming king. ThereforeMacbeth begins to ponder the idea of murder, which is another sinister thought thatthe reader knows will continue throughout the play. When it comes time to committhe murder, Macbeth becomes hesitant, buthis wife Lady Macbeth encourages him and drives him to act.
Lady Macbeth becomesknown to the reader as yet another dark and wicked character. In plays,certain images and moods can be so powerful that they cause the reader to have an overwhelming feeling. In the play,Macbeth the images in the scenes are very gruesome and dark. The images tellthe reader about how the events in the story will play out. The sinister imagesin Macbeth lead the readers to believethat the motives of the characters and the plot will turn out to be just asdark.