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Symbolism In Macbeth: Dagger, Ghosts, And Threes

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Throughout the play "Macbeth" there have been many symbols that have been proven to be significant throughout the play. Of the many I will discuss the importance of The number three, the dagger, and Banquo's ghost.They are all always lingering in the play but not expressed in literal terms. A symbol is using an object or action that means something more than its literal meaning These symbols role in "Macbeth" are to provide a greater meaning to the play. Shakespeare has been known for creating plays that are enjoyable to read, the language is not so difficult once you are familiar with it. The symbols in the play, are significant because they make it possible for readers to interpret to their understanding, and still understand the meaning of the play.These three symbols each have their own meanings that I will further discuss. Their purpose is to let readers stay interested, and to figure out what they represent.
The first symbol I will discuss will be the the number three. The number three is used along the play. The play opens up with the Three Witches, wishing to speak to Macbeth. In Act 1, scene three they finally come in encounter with Macbeth and his kin Banquo.Upon meeting him they tell him his prophecy,Which is told is three parts. They say "First Witch: All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, thane of Glamis!,Second Witch: All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!, Third Witch :All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter!"(I,iii,50-53). The first part just simply tells what he is right now, thane of Glamis. Then the second witch says hail thane of Cawdor. This is an example of dramatic irony because the readers already knew that he was Thane of Cawdor. As the reader, we have already found out that Macbeth will be the Thane of Cawdor, because of the previous scene.The third witch says that Macbeth will be the king. This is probably the most important part of the prophecy. The three witches and the three parts of the prophecy show the wickedness and evil that is to come. The three witches are similar to the three Fates from Greek Mythology. Therefore, this prophecy could be false.The Witches also seem to always appear in stormy, weather. Typically bad weather forecasts unfortunate events. Banquo was with Macbeth when the Witches gave the prophecy. After hearing Macbeth's prophecy,Banquo wishes to hear his own.The Witches gleefully tell him. They say that Banquo will not be King, but his bloodline will . Disappointed, as he is Banquo carries on with happy spirits.
Hecate the Goddess of the Crossroads (three paths),and the goddess of witchcraft.She is the the boss of the three witches.She appears for the first time in Act three scene four , but is first mentioned in the first act.In act 3, we see that Hecate had been upset at the witches for troubling with Macbeth without her permission. But then in Act 4 she is happy with what they have done. Macbeth meets with the Witches and demands to know more about the prophecy.The...

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