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The use of Blood in Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’.

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The use of Blood in Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' Blood is a recognized representation of life, death and occasionally injury. Blood is an indispensable part of life, without it, we would not live. As these facts are recognised by all, Shakespeare uses the symbol of blood to stand for sedition, murder and death, thus it is without difficulty understood and fits in entirely with the information and ideas we all have of blood. ...read more.

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A second reference, is in Scene 2, when Lady Macbeth spreads the blood from the dagger on to the unaware, sleeping servants "I'll guild the faces of the grooms withal, for it must seem their guilt". This is yet another example of a menacing and evil mention to blood, setting up the blameless servants of the king. Once more blood is referred to when Malcolm and Donald bain are talking about what they will do and Malcolm says : "daggers in men's smiles: the nearer in blood, the nearer bloody." ...read more.

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references to the malevolence deeds that she and Macbeth have carried out, for the most part of which comprise references to blood. "Out damned spot! Out, I say" she says this as she goes through the action of cleaning her hands saying it in reference to the blood that has marked her hands after smearing it all over the kings servants. At this point she also refers to Duncan's murder "Who would have thought the old man to have so much blood in him!". ...read more.

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