Role Of Weather In Macbeth

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Psychology has proved that the weather and amount of light humans receive affects the mood of humans. Moreover weather can allow people to feel a variety of mood and feelings. As well as light, because of hormones produced from it, humans moods result from it. For example, usually rain makes people feel sad or puts them in a solemn mood. Equally important, if a human doesn’t get enough light they feel sadder. Many novels have used the weather and light or lack of light in a setting to create a mood. In Macbeth, William Shakespeare uses elements of weather, light, and dark to illustrate an ominous and gloomy mood throughout the play Macbeth. Moreover, the play opens with witches speaking in the rain. One of the witches asks if they “will meet again in thunder, lightning, or in…show more content…
Not only is the darkness described during rain but during night also. During a scene at night Fleance says "The moon is down" (2.1.2), and Banquo says, "[Heaven's] candles are all out [there are no stars in the sky]" (2.1.5). The lack of light from stars in the sky contributes to the ominous mood. After the setting is described by the character, readers suspect foreshadowing of something bad about to happen. The darkness of the scene is essentially used to reiterate that darkness is equal to evil and death as Banquo is killed for Macbeth. In like manner, in an earlier scene Lady Macbeth pleads “Come, thick night, And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell, That my keen knife see not the wound it makes, Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark To cry ‘Hold, hold!” in hopes that evil spirits with stop heaven from coming through the darkness to stop her from committing murder. Lady Macbeth believes that the “blanket of the dark” is a place for evil and that the light of heaven should stay out of her way. Again, illustrating to readers how darkness creates an ominous mood perfect for evil

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