Dramatic Use of Images of Blood in William Shakespeare's Macbeth

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Dramatic Use of Images of Blood in William Shakespeare's Macbeth

'Macbeth' is the story of a nobleman, who, while trying to fulfil a prophecy told to him by three witches, murders his king to cause his ascension to the throne of Scotland. After the King's death, Macbeth reigns as a cruel and ruthless tyrant who is forced to kill more people to keep control of the throne. Finally, Scottish rebels combined with English forces attack Macbeth's castle. A Scottish thane named Macduff, who has sacrificed everything and whose family was killed by this tyrant, then kills Macbeth in the closing scene.

Considering the fact that many people are killed in 'Macbeth', the number of murders committed on-stage
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In modern-day English, what the Sergeant was telling King Duncan was that Macbeth refused to leave his enemy's body until he had cut him open from the navel to the throat. This does not appear sinister at first as it shows Macbeth being noble and faithful to his country, as gruesome as it may appear. Duncan hears of Macbeth's nobility and names him Thane of Cawdor, after the previous thane had been found to be a traitor. There is some irony in the situation, as Duncan is the first to be murdered by the 'loyal' Macbeth, whom Duncan trusts and admires so much.

The murder of King Duncan is not performed on-stage. We know that Macbeth is about to kill Duncan at the end of Act 2, scene 1, because Macbeth says:

"I go, and it is done; the bell invites me.

Hear it not, Duncan; for it is a knell

That summons thee to heaven, or to hell".

Before Duncan's murder, Macbeth imagines a dagger floating in the air before him. He describes it:

"Is this a dagger which I see before me,

The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee:

I have thee not, and yet I still see thee still.

Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible

To feeling as to sight?" Act 2 sc.1 (lines 33-37).

Macbeth also talks of blood on the dagger that he has hallucinated before him, and this is implying that that dagger is going to be used viciously and
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