Macbeth. Paragraph writing time!. What’s my claim?. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth , ___________ is a common motif that is used to symbolize_______ . Get your quotes collected.
Paragraph writing time!
In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, ___________ is a common motif that is used to symbolize_______.
In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, garments are a common motif used to symbolize the various characters’ identities.
(Who is speaking? When does it occur?)
Example: We see this motif in Act I shortly after Macbeth is greeted with the title of Thane of Cawdor
Banquo says, “New honors come upon him, / Like our stranged garments, cleave not to their mould / But with the aid of use” (I.iii.167-169).
In this quote, the mention of “strange garments” indicates that this new identity is unnatural to Macbeth. This quote foreshadows the unnatural turn of events – the murder – that Macbeth commits to get to the throne. The position of king will be another garment that will also not fit Macbeth since it was taken and not earned.