Basically ... I have things to do on my Macbeth essay and i was wondering if anyone could help me ??Okayyy.... I have to analyse the imagery of this quote :"this duncan...Hath been so clear in...

Basically ... I have things to do on my Macbeth essay and i was wondering if anyone could help me ??

Okayyy....

I have to analyse the imagery of this quote :"this duncan...Hath been so clear in his great office, thst his virtues/ will pleasd like angles"

 

 

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Doug Stuva eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'll try to help you with the first part of your question concerning Shakespeare's Macbeth.

The exact quote is:

...this Duncan

Hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been

So clear in his great office, that his virtues

Will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued, against

The deep damnation of his taking-off;...

The main image here is that of angels playing trumpets to protest Duncan's assassination.  The image suggests that Duncan has been so humble and free of corruption that his virtues will prove his own innocence, as well as the guilt of those who kill him. 

I believe the image is suggestive of the last judgment before God.  Macbeth is suggesting that Duncan is so humble and so free or corruption that his virtues will plead his case before God, just as if they were trumpet-playing angels.  Macbeth is personifying "virtues," of course.

Macbeth is talking about eternal life earlier in the speech (he worries about being condemned for killing Duncan), so this interpretation of the image would be consistent with the rest of the speech.