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The Topic of Birds at Macbeth Essays

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Macbeth is a terrible play written by William Shakespeare which deals about the consequences of excessive greed. Shakespeare also employs an abundance of literary devices especially nature and animal imageries. All these imageries are utilised to symbolize the disturbance in the wonderful Chain1 which is shown via the murder of King Duncan which destroys the natural order of things especially in the succession to the throne. The birds play with the crucial purpose of conveying this idea via foreshadowing and characterization.2 The first role of the bird because a thematic image would be to foreshadow. And the most important foreshadowing of this play is the inescapable murder of the King of Scotland, Duncan, from the Macbeth. It is first seen throughout the Captain's dialogue describing the conflict between Macbeth and Banquo against Macdonwald. He compared them to "As sparrows eagles, or the hare the lion"3. From that phrase, the change of the characters could be clearly seen while the sparrow and the hare became the predator of the eagle and the lion became their victim. Another illustration is seen during Lady Macbeth's beginning soliloquy, "The raven himself is hoarse/ That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan/ Under my battlements"4, the introduction resulting in the murder scene of Duncan. The raven, which is the bird which symbolizes death, is that the omen that indicates Duncan's doom. The conversation between the Old Person and Lennox following the murder of the Duncan is the most important index of this disturbance in the natural sequence of things and becomes the very beginning note for the sanity of the approaching events after the king's departure. "On Tuesday last/ A falcon, towering in her pride of place,/ Was by a mousing owl hawk'd in and kill would"5. The falcon signifies the Dunc...

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