Macbeth Imagery "Blood"

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Blood Imagery in Macbeth Shakespeare’s plays are well known for the richness of their imagery. This is particularly true in Macbeth and the many allusions to blood. The use of blood imagery gives the reader some foresight into what is going on in the play and how the characters are thinking and feeling. Blood is used to represent heroics on the battlefield, evil and murderous inclinations, and ultimately guilt and shame. Shakespeare uses the symbol of blood to give the readers insight into his characters as they change and are impacted by their choices and actions. This paper will demonstrate how Shakespeare uses the image of blood as a symbol of bravery, guilt and evil citing directly from the text of Macbeth. Act one Scene Two…show more content…
Macbeth goes from being a heroic general in the king's army to an assassin and a tyrant. Through the looking glass Macbeth seems as bloody as he could be, yet at the core he feels unruly guilt Like a child, Macbeth attempts to run away from his problems, yet he has no where to go. He now realizes what he has done is against his own morals, knee deep in guilt, and attempts to figure out his problems with his wife. Blood symbolizes honor and bravery and also guilt and evil. In the beginning of the play blood is represented of honor and bravery and symbolizes good and victory The play starts out with the 3 witches talking about Macbeth. Macbeth is now a great hero because he led the Scottish army to victory. For the recognition of Macbeth’s leadership he becomes Thane of Cawdor. The witches make many predictions to Macbeth and they all come true. Shakespear stated “For brave Macbeth—well he deserves that name—Disdaining fortune, with his brandished steel,Which smoked with bloody execution”(I,2,16-18). This showed that the Captain truly respects Macbeth and that he is a heroic soldier. Towards the middle of the play blood represented guilt. At this point of the play. A bell trings and Lady Macbeth signals that the chamberlains are asleep so Macbeth strides toward Duncan’s chamber. Macbeth was pressured into killing King Duncan by his wife,Lady Macbeth, and does not feel good about it. Shakespear said “Will all great Neptune's
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