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Discuss the role that blood plays in Macbeth, what does it symbolize for Macbeth and his wife? In this essay, I will be discussing and analysing the role of blood in the famous Shakespearian play, Macbeth, how Macbeth and his wife are symbolized by blood throughout the play. Macbeth is among the best-known of William Shakespeare's plays and shortest tragedy, it was written between 1603 and 1606. It solely highlights blood imagery of a tragedy that happened in Scotland around 1530's. The pay tells the peril of lust for power and megalomania. Briefly, the play outlines how the two main characters strive their way through to power through destructive and tragic deeds. The two main characters, Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth, are driven by ambition to commit evil actions. Lady Macbeth, a more ambitious person than her husband plots to have her husband murder the king of Scotland so that he can take the throne. Macbeth commits more murders to protect his throne, all the while becoming sick with guilt and paranoia. The guilt that engulfs him and his wife lead to their gradual insanity and eventual death. Besides, the spark of all of this tragedy is when Macbeth met the weird sisters, who serve a huge dramatic function in the play. Closely looking at Macbeth, one can distinguish the many functions that they serve in the play. The role of the three Weird Sisters in the play Macbeth is to generate imagery, mood, and atmosphere and to serve as the equivocation that will bring Macbeth, Thane of Glamis, to his downfall. ...read more.


For example Macbeth says "It will have blood; they say, blood will have blood..." Macbeth is saying that once he starts killing he will continue for the sake of the throne. In this situation, blood metaphorically means power struggle. Shakespeare repeats the word 'blood' to emphasise the point and how paramount and portentous blood is. It is made into a formulaic equation which is supported by the play 'Macbeth'; Macbeth has to keep killing in order to secure the throne. The fact that Macbeth is planning to return to the witches for advice signifies that he is anxious and dependent, instead of relying on his sword and mentality he is relying on the witches. Also, Shakespeare says "I am in blood, stepped in so far", this connotes that Macbeth can't back off anymore, he has stepped in so far that he is imprisoned by blood and can't escape. Unlike Macbeth, blood exemplifies Lady Macbeth of being a cunning and vicious person at the start of the play. For example, Lady Macbeth says in scene 7 "How tender' tis to love the babe...and dashed the brains out". Lady Macbeth is saying if she had a baby and she had to sacrifice it for power, she would. Shakespeare wrote this to introduce the character, Lady Macbeth, and to show her real characteristics to the audience. The fact that she would kill her baby for the sake of power demonstrates how much lust for power she has and how blind she really is. Instead of the word blood or murder, Shakespeare utilizes 'dashed' to insinuate that Lady Macbeth is ardent desperately for absolute power, due to the fact that she is athirst to smash the brains out of her baby. ...read more.


The delineation has altered ironically from being exposed as cunning, vicious, stalwart, tough and potent to being manifested as weak, vulnerable, delicate, regretful and finally defeated, overwhelmed and devoured by guilt. In conclusion, the message/moral Shakespeare is endeavouring to convey to the audience through the tragedy Macbeth is written in the play; in scene 14, Shakespeare writes "blood will have blood". This quote is still relevant to our period of time because people are still endeavouring and attempting to assassin presidents and kings in order to gain power and praetorian, by corruption. For example, George W. Bush, president of the USA, was under an assassination attempt on the 5th of May, 2005 in Georgia. Also, Barrack Obama was under an assassination attempt on the 26th of August, 2008 and Hillary Clinton is thought to have a hand in this. Verily, this is supported by the play because the Macbeths both die at the end of the play... Macbeth gets killed in a battle by Malcolm, Duncan's elder son, and Lady Macbeth commits a suicide led by insanity, distraught and obsession. In addition, Shakespeare used a variety of literal devices in order to dramatically interest and attracts the audience's attention. He also, utilizes soliloquies to great effect in order to reveal the characters' personal thoughts, emotions, and motives without resorting to third-person narration. Solely, Shakespeare exploited blood to play a vigorous and vital role in the play in order to symbolize each character through his own way. Finally, the play started with a "bloody execution" and ended with a "bloody execution" to demonstrate that everyone deserved what they gained according to their actions, which also relates to a religious moral/theme. ?? ?? ?? ?? Mousa Muset 11HS English Macbeth essay - 1 - ...read more.

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