Blood Imagery In Macbeth Essay

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In Shakespeare's Macbeth a play, a man named Macbeth goes through a great transformation; Macbeth goes from being a heroic general in the king's army to an assassin and a tyrant. The theme of the play is never give into evil because it destroys no matter what the benefits are. Blood Imagery is very important in the play; it shows Macbeth's evil ambition in the beginning, middle, and end of the play. In the beginning of the play, blood imagery is very important. "Till he unseamed him from the nave to the chaps, / and fixed his head upon our battlements"(I.ii.22-23). Macbeth has just killed the enemy and become a hero; Macbeth killed the enemy not for fame or fortune but to defend his land and people. In this next quote Macbeth's…show more content…
"Oh, treachery! Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly! / Thou mayest revenge"(III.iii.18-19). "Avaunt! And quit my sight!Let the earth hide thee! / Thy bone are marrowless, thy blood is cold; / thou hass no speculation in those eyes"(III.iv.93-96). Banquo's ghost haunts Macbeth, and Macbeth is unable to face it. Macbeth's evil ambition usually leaves Macbeth feeling at peace or safe, but now his ambition has left him with a painful vision of his dead friend. "What, you egg! / Young fry of treachery! / He has killed me"(IV.ii.79-82). Macbeth has sent his men to catch and kill Macduff, and instead Macbeth's men kill Macduff's innocent son and later his wife. Macbeth is now giving orders to kill woman and children; he has become a complete tyrant. In addition to the middle, blood imagery is important to the end of the play. "Out, damned spot! out"(V.i.28). Lady Macbeth's guilt has overcome her; every night she scrubs her hands to remove the blood, the guilt of killing. Lady Macbeth pays for her husband's crimes with her life. "He's worth more sorrow, / And that I'll spend for him. / He's worth no more. / they say he parted well, and paid his score"(V.viii.51-53). The evil Macbeth killed the good young Siward. YOung Siward's blood was spilt for good; he did not die in shame; young Siward died with honor as a soldier should and for that his father was proud.
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