Darkness; Beacon of Chaos in Macbeth

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Darkness; Beacon of Chaos in Macbeth


Darkness in our society is indicative of evil. For instance, a black cat,
a dark night, and a dark place are all symbolic of diablerie. Authors use these
symbols to describe an evil character or setting. William Shakespeare employs
the imagery of darkness in Act 4 of his play Macbeth to describe the agents of
disorder. The witches, Macbeth, and Scotland are all described as dark because
they represent the agents of chaos.
The witches in the first scene of Act 4 are depicted as agents of chaos
because of the dark domain around them. The witches meet in a dark cave. The
cave is an appropriate setting for the witches because caves tend to represent
the under-world and hell, creating a feeling of evil. The witches appearance,
"secret, black, and midnight hags" also indicates their evil nature. The witches
dark meeting place and dark appearance all emphasize their destructive nature.
Macbeth in Act 4: consulted with the witches, murdered Macduff\'s family,
and continued to create chaos in Scotland. Macbeth in Act 4 is described as an
agent of disorder, "untitled tyrant bloody-sceptered". The language in Act 1
that described Macbeth has changed from "noble" and "kind" to the diction of Act
4 witch describes Macbeth as "black Macbeth" and a "tyrant". The Castle that
Macbeth lives in, Dunsanine is also indicative of da

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