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amethystrose | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted February 27, 2008 at 11:53 AM via web

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Shakespeare's Imagery

What are some of your favorite examples of Shakespeare's use of imagery? 

I really like Act I of Julius Caesar when Cassius is describing examples of Caesar's weakness, especially the bit about swimming in armor.  That really shows Caesar's arrogance and cockiness!

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted February 27, 2008 at 1:07 PM (Answer #2)

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I'll go back to my favorite Henry V: I love when Exeter tells the dauphin that his tennis balls will be turned into cannon balls to "make your Louvre shake."

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malibrarian | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted February 27, 2008 at 1:37 PM (Answer #3)

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Mercutio's dying words are poetic and sad and full of imagery:

Romeo:  Courage, man, the hurt cannot be much.

Mercutio:  No, 'tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as
a church door, but 'tis enough, 'twill serve.  Ask for me
tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man.  I am
peppered, I warrant, for this world.  A plague o' both
your houses!  Zounds, a dog, a rat, a mouse, a cat, to
scratch a man to death!  A braggart, a rogue, a villain,
that fights by the book of arithmetic!  Why the devil
came you between us?  I was hurt under your arm. (3.1)

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 27, 2008 at 1:39 PM (Answer #4)

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How about when Lady Macbeth says:

"I have given suck, and know how tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums, and dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this."

Some image that conjures!  Yikes!

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jeff-hauge | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted February 28, 2008 at 8:42 AM (Answer #5)

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How about when Lady Macbeth says:

"I have given suck, and know how tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums, and dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this."

Some image that conjures!  Yikes!


Yup, that's the one that still gives me chills.

...but the couple is childless.... except she is older... where'd that baby go?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 7, 2008 at 8:25 AM (Answer #6)

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Perhaps she drowned it in the bathtub in a moment of rage?  Ugh...that was not even funny, but it would go hand-in-hand with Lady Macbeth's character!

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djx | Student , Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 15, 2010 at 6:11 PM (Answer #7)

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see her and her husband are too abscessed with power that see asks the devil to unsex her to give her courage in order to help commit the deed... so she is saying she gives up( kills ) any hopes of a child in order to become queen.

but u see i haven't read enough Shakespeareto have any favourite imagery... the idea of a river of blood really helped to understand the way Macbeth was feeling though.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 15, 2010 at 1:57 PM (Answer #8)

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I also like some of the imagery in Julius Caesar, especially in the so-called seduction scene where Cassius describes Caesar as a "colossus" - of course very carefully done to precisely manipulate poor Brutus, but it captures the imagination tremendously and "bigs up" the influence of Caesar.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 16, 2011 at 10:52 AM (Answer #9)

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My favorite line is in Richard III when he yells out, "a horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!"   I am not exactly sure why, but I find that line both moving and immensely funny, not just the line but the whole scene.

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