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Motifs Of Birds In Macbeth

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The motif of the birds in William Shakespeare's THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH illlustrates the nature of several characters. Shakespeare mentions several birds in the play but three birds are especially symbolic.
The raven is the first bird mentioned in the play. Lady Macbeth says that the raven welcomes the good king Duncan into her home. "The raven himself is hoarse/That croaks the fatal entance of Duncan/Under my battlements. Come you spirits/ that tend on motal thoughts, unsex me here and fill me from the crown to the toe,top-full/Of direst cruelty!" The raven is a black scavenger.This is a perfect symbol for the black evil of over-ambition that has overtaken both of the Macbeths. Lady Macbeth wants to scavenge Duncan's throne and her heart is black with covetousness and evil. She asks for darkness to cover her and her evil thoughts. The raven is an appropriate bird for Lady Macbeth to mention. It is not a bird of spring, nor does it have a beautiful song. It is an omen of death and evil. Ravens are frequent fixtures in gothic literature.
The owl is discussed by the old man who talks to Ross the day after Duncan was killed. The death of Duncan is a perverted act, just as the death of the falcon is considered unnatural. "'Tis unatural/Even like the deed that's done. On Tuesday last ...

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