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How does imagery cause tension in the play Macbeth? it need to have a certain quote...

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ivy101 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 15, 2007 at 6:46 AM via web

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How does imagery cause tension in the play Macbeth?

it need to have a certain quote form the play and how does it really start and what does it cause in other words how does the imagery because the cause of tension

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 15, 2007 at 8:54 AM (Answer #1)

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My favorite examples of imagery in Macbeth are found in the speeches made by supernatural characters (witches, ghosts, etc.) and in Lady Macbeth's speeches. You could find imagery in either that lead to tension, but the classic is the line in Act IV about Macbeth not being vanquished until "Great Birnam Wood" marches against him, and then Macbeth's answer. The images are so clear, and it's easy to say, "That couldn't happen…" Then it does.

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