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Macbeth: His Clothes. Macbeth's Clothes The Thane of Cawdor lives; why do you dress me / In borrow'd robes? (1.3.108-109), asks Macbeth when Ross tells him that the King has named him Thane of Cawdor. Later in the scene we hear another expression of the idea that Macbeth is like a person wearing unfamiliar clothes. "New honors come upon him, / Like our strange garments, cleave not to their mould / But with the aid of use" (1.3.144-146), says Banquo about Macbeth, trying to explain why he is lost in thought just after he has been named Thane of Cawdor. Here "strange" means "new," and "cleave" means "fit," and "mould" means "shape," and "use" means "habit. " So Banquo is saying that Macbeth is mentally trying on his new "honors," his title of Thane of Cawdor, but the title doesn't quite fit, and won't, until Macbeth gets used to it.

[Scene Summary] In the scene in which Macduff discovers the bloody body of King Duncan and awakens everyone in Macbeth's castle, most of the characters appear in their nightclothes. Macbeth Symbolism, Imagery & Allegory.


Animals. Sleep. Blood. Macbeth: Themes, Motifs & Symbols. Themes Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work. The Corrupting Power of Unchecked Ambition The main theme of Macbeth—the destruction wrought when ambition goes unchecked by moral constraints—finds its most powerful expression in the play’s two main characters. Macbeth is a courageous Scottish general who is not naturally inclined to commit evil deeds, yet he deeply desires power and advancement. He kills Duncan against his better judgment and afterward stews in guilt and paranoia. The Relationship Between Cruelty and Masculinity Characters in Macbeth frequently dwell on issues of gender. At the same time, however, the audience cannot help noticing that women are also sources of violence and evil. Ultimately, the play does put forth a revised and less destructive definition of manhood. The Difference Between Kingship and Tyranny In the play, Duncan is always referred to as a “king,” while Macbeth soon becomes known as the “tyrant.”

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