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The symbol of blood in Macbeth

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MACBETH ESSAY Macbeth had many symbols, which were linked to the themes in the play. One of the symbols would be blood, and the theme to follow through with it is murder, and the dread associated with murder. A lot of the scenes in the play, involving killing, have blood stated. Blood is a significant symbol, when connected to the theme of killing, and is used as a foreshadowing device as well. The first reference of blood is one of honor, and occurs when Duncan sees the injured sergeant and says, "What bloody man is that?"(Act 1 Sc ii, line 1). This is symbolic of the brave fighter who has been injured in a heroic battle for his country. In the next passage, in which the sergeant says, "Which smok'd with bloody execution"(Act 1 Sc ii, line 18), he is referring to Macbeth's braveness. After that, Shakespeare exploits blood as a symbol, takes place in Act 2, when Macbeth is preparing to kill Duncan. He imagines a dagger, a bloody dagger at that, pointing towards Duncan's room. Macbeth describes it "And on thy blade and dudgeon gouts of blood, which was not so before...It is the bloody business which now informs thus to mine eyes." ...read more.


and "If he do bleed, I'll gild the faces of the grooms withal, for it must seem their guilt." Lady Macbeth doesn't know that blood would become her worst enemy, in the long run, so as a reader we could kind of foreshadow, what would happen here on in. Furthermore, Shakespeare pertains blood as a sign of guilt. Macbeth says, in (Act 2, Scene iii, Line 60), "Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?" Macbeth feels very guilty for his actions, and doesn't, know how to deal with them, he wants to just wash away everything, but he can't, because he knows he doesn't have Gods love and protection anymore. As a reader we could foreshadow, that Macbeth is slowly but surely deteriorating mentally. In, Act 2, Scene iii; Lines 123-134, Malcolm and Donailbain are talking about the situation with Macbeth and his ruling, saying "There's daggers in men's smiles, the nearer in blood, the nearer bloody." Implicating, that their closest friends and relatives are likely to kill them. Infamous Act 5, scene i, line 27-60, the sleep walking scene, had the most meaning and ties to blood. ...read more.


She has completely lost her mind, she has felt so much guilt, that it has lead her to insanity, not only does she see that her hands are bloody, but also smell of it. Blood has lead lady Macbeth to her death Lastly, we are in the scene with Macbeth at his castle, preparing to fight Malcolm's army. He and Macduff confront and battle. In Act 5 Scene viii, Macbeth says "...my soul is too much charged with blood of thine already." And Macduff replies and says, "I have no words. My voice is my is in my sword, thou bloodier villain..." Macbeth was saying how he has done so much bloodshed that he doesn't mind it anymore, and he has no fear of it. Throughout the whole play, Shakespeare's use of blood and its symbolization, to guilt and foreshadowing was wonderfully done. In general, when we think of blood, we imagine injury, death and it being a vital part of life. In the play it was used as a sign of guilt and deceit, which killed the souls of Macbeth and lady Macbeth. It was also used as a foreshadowing scheme. From this essay you will see that there are many connections with blood and what it symbolizes. ...read more.

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