Macbeth Blood Essay

2596 Words Apr 10th, 2007 11 Pages
"What bloody man is that?" in these, the opening words of the play's second scene, King Duncan asks about a sergeant. The sergeant then tells the story of Macbeth's heroic victories over Macdonwald and the King of Norway. The sergeant's telling of the story is in itself heroic, because his loss of blood has made him weak. Thus his blood and his heroism seem to enhance the picture of Macbeth as a hero. As Lady Macbeth plans to kill King Duncan, she calls upon the spirits of murder to "make thick my blood; stop up the access and passage to remorse." Thin blood was considered wholesome, and it was thought that poison made blood thick. Lady Macbeth wants to poison her own soul, so that she can kill without remorse. Macbeth says "this is a …show more content…
Then he calls upon night to come and "with thy bloody and invisible hand cancel and tear to pieces that great bond which keeps me pale!" The "great bond" is Banquo's lease on life. A man becomes pale with fear or worry because the blood drains away from his face. Macbeth believes that if Banquo's blood is shed, his own blood will return, and he won't be pale anymore. After he has become king, Macbeth gives a banquet for his noblemen. The banquet has barely begun when Macbeth has to go to the door to speak with first murderer. "There's blood on thy face," he says and the murderer proudly tells him its Banquo's blood, and that he left Banquo in a ditch with "twenty trenched gashes on his head," all deadly. A little later, just as Macbeth is talking about how much he wishes that Banquo were at the banquet, Banquo's Ghost appears. Macbeth says to the ghost, "thou canst not say I did it; never shake thy gory locks at me." The ghost's "gory locks" are the locks of his hair, covered with clotted blood. After the ghost has gone, Macbeth tells himself that it's not his fault that the ghost showed up. He says that men have been killing men for a long time, since before there were even laws against it; "blood hath been shed ere now, I the olden time, ere human statute purged the gentle weal." It's a natural thing to shed blood; what's not natural is that now the dead "rise again, with twenty mortal murders on their crowns, and push us

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