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In Macbeth the audience becomes very aware of the power of evil to destroy. Show how Shakespeare uses repeated references to blood in order to establish this theme.

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2-12-02 Macbeth - Critical Response Task: In Macbeth the audience becomes very aware of the power of evil to destroy. Show how Shakespeare uses repeated references to blood in order to establish this theme. "Enter Macbeth, with two bloody daggers" For me, this stage direction from William Shakespeare's Macbeth was very effective as it portrayed the power of evil to destroy. Throughout Macbeth, Shakespeare used many references to blood to capture the attention of the audience. The repeated reference to blood was very powerful as we were able to understand the bloodshed, Macbeth and :Lady Macbeth's guilt and the relationships between the different characters. From the beginning, we can see that Macbeth is a man with good intentions and a good heart. Macbeth's ambition and the persuasion of his wife Lady Macbeth lead him to commit several horrible deeds. He aims to become the King, but in order to do this he sees that he'll have to murder the present King, Duncan. In the end, Macbeth's excessive ambition leads to a point of no return, and ultimately his own death. One of the key themes of Macbeth is clearly his ambition to become King, but there is also the important theme of the power of evil to destroy, which occurs frequently throughout the play. ...read more.

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He has put all of his trust in the witches and his hope has been taken away from him in a second. Once again, the witches have misled Macbeth, but this time it has cost him his life. Macbeth begs Macduff to end the battle as he knows Macduff could kill him. He says, "I'll not fight with thee" Macduff does not take any notice of his words as he strongly wants revenge for the murder of his family. We feel rather sympathetic towards Macbeth now as he would not have committed these murders if he had known of the consequences. After Macduff has killed Macbeth, he walks into Dunsinane Castle with Macbeth's head on a pole. This is a sign of bravery and he is rewarded for it. Malcolm refers to Macbeth and Lady Macbeth as, "Dead butcher and his fiend-like queen" I think this description was quite accurate as Macbeth killed Duncan in order to gain the place as King, in the way that a butcher kills animals to gain money. Also, the word "fiend" means "devil" or "evil spirit", which could possibly be an exaggeration as she did not actually kill Duncan as he resembled her father, which is hardly the signs of the devil. ...read more.

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This literal and metaphorical reference shows us how Lady Macbeth sees blood as strength. She is asking evil spirits to assist her murderous plans, which are murdering the King and his relatives so that Macbeth can become the King of Scotland. We get to see the strength of Lady Macbeth's character when she and Macbeth have murdered Duncan. We can see that she is a strong enough character to be able to persuade her husband into killing Duncan. She tells Macbeth, "My hands are of your colour" This shows us how she is driven by the desire for her husband to attain the power of a King and she convinces him that she is equally as guilty as she has implicated the groom in the murder. Lady Macbeth is clearly very overruled by her guilt that it starts to take over her life. She begins to experience unnatural happenings, such as talking to herself and sleepwalking. We can see that Lady Macbeth is slowly deteriorating, and she feels so guilty that she can't get rid of the feeling. She says to herself, "Will these hands ne'er be clean?" This implies that she still sees her hands as being covered in blood, as a sign of guilt. It is ironic how Lady Macbeth feels extremely guilty, but it was Macbeth who actually killed Duncan. ...read more.

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