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Philip Edwards

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780853235125

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317415

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—Shakespeare (II): Macbeth

—Shakespeare (II): Macbeth

‘And Swallow Navigation Up’

(p.117) Chapter Five—Shakespeare (II): Macbeth
Liverpool University Press

In William Shakespeare's Macbeth, images of blood, sleep, the stage, clothes, nature, and light are much more prominent than images of voyaging. However, the sea is ubiquitous in the play, along with images of storm and voyage that have to do with the issue of control over one's life. The play focuses on the horror of transposing sacrilegious murder from fantasy into reality, with Macbeth measuring the enormity of his crime in archetypal imagery of sleep and the sea. Macbeth uses the word ‘navigation’ as a metaphor for the purposeful direction of one's life. After wrecking his own ship, Macbeth has denied ‘navigation’ to others.

Keywords:   William Shakespeare, Macbeth, metaphor, navigation, sea, voyage, murder, sleep, images

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