Imagery in Macbeth

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Imagery in Macbeth “Violence and the bloodshed that results are important symbols in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. While the blood that is shed is a tangible reminder of the outcomes of misused power, it also serves as an image that provokes Macbeth to reflect upon his deeds, even if he does not change his behavior. Macbeth becomes obsessed with the blood on his hands. Unfortunately, this reminder of his guilt does not prevent him from continuing violent acts.”
-Marshall Mc Luhan.
Macbeth, one of the most intriguing tragedies by Shakespeare, has an extensive use of imagery throughout the play. References to blood and other abstract objects set the tone of various scenes in the play- to pace the action, to characterize the nature of death and
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All present question this “bloody piece of work”, and King Duncan’s two sons decide that the Scottish nation is no longer safe for them, as the murderer may now focus his attention on them. Hence, they escape from Scotland, Malcolm goes to England, and Donaldbain seeks refuge in Ireland.
Post Banquo’s murder, the references to blood increase even further, with quotes like,” don’t shake thy gory locks at me” becoming all the more common. The murderers, whom Macbeth had hired to kill Banquo, describe his body lying in a ditch with “twenty trenched gashes on his head”. The imagery of blood is shown in such a way that there is a profuse amount of blood flowing after every murder in the play.
These references to blood observe their peak with Lady Macbeth’s imagined blood and the battlefield which form a crescendo to conglomerate all the murders performed in the play. “Out damned spot. Out, I say! One two!” a passing reference is also made by the ‘second apparition’ to Macbeth, “be bloody, bold and resolute”. Because blood forms the prologue and epilogue of every murder in the play, it sets the ball rolling for the wave of action in the play. The fact that blood imagery predominates in the play gives the play a tinge of horror.”
“It will have blood, they say. Blood will have blood”
However, blood is not the only abstract object referred to in the play. Passing references have been made continuously at animals, plants and even garments. ”Look like

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