Macbeth, by William Shakespeare

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In the play 'Macbeth" by William Shakespeare, light and dark was used to symbolise good and evil.

In the beggining of the play Macbeth was a brave and loyal soilder who served his king well."signs of nobleness like stars will be rewarded"this is highly ironic that king Duncan starts this simile as later on in the play when Macbeth plots to kill King Duncan, Macbeth forces light out from hhis life."Stars hide your fires, let light not see my deep and black desires."

As the play continues Macbeth and Lady Macbeth continue to become increasingly evil.When the guilt of killing king Duncan sets in, the Lord and Lady Macbeth are consumed by guilt and have trouble sleeping.This too is reflective of the issue of light and dark.Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are now creatures of the dark, it is dark that symbolises evil and light that sybolises good.

But the lord and lady macbeth did sacifice alot to become these evil beings as guilt now consumes Lady Macbeth, and she is affraid of the dark.Lady Macbeth could only do these evil deeds in the cover of the night, ass these deeds were too hororific to do during the day."come thick night and pull me in the dunnest smoke of hell." This too, is reflective of the issue of light and dark.This is reinforcing that light and dark was a constant aspect in "macbeth" to show good and evil.

Thought this I as a reader have learnt that it is important to keep to the good side of life as the result of being evil can destroy your life.