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Theme, Symbolism and motifs in Shakespeare's Macbeth

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  1. 1. MACBETH Themes, motifs and symbolism in
  2. 2. Theme  Theme is the universal idea that is explored in any given work. A universal idea is one that is known in all cultures. Some examples are corruption, compassion, fear, victory, conflict, ambition, pride, etc.
  3. 3. Theme…  There are recurring themes throughout all literature in all cultures, making them universal. No matter where we go or what we may read, there is a theme in the story, a lesson to be learned, some wisdom to be gleaned.  For example, the themes in Romeo & Juliet are love and passion and how love can promote violence or division.
  4. 4. Motif  Motif is different from theme because they help to support the theme.They are recurring structures, contrasts or literary devices that help support, explain and develop the text’s theme.  For instance, the motifs in Romeo & Juliet are light & dark and opposite points of view.
  5. 5. Symbol  You learned a long time ago that a symbol is something that usually represents something else. More specifically, symbols are people, objects, figures, or colors that represent abstract ideas. For example, a red rose usually symbolizes love, a white rose, purity.  Likewise, as in Hamlet, rosemary represents remembrance, as Ophelia declared.
  6. 6. Your mission:  As you read through both Sir Gawain & the Green Knight and Macbeth, make note of the themes, motifs, symbols so you can evaluate, compare and contrast the two stories.