Symbol of Blood in Macbeth

828 Words4 Pages
ENG 3U

Bloody Actions
“But in these cases we still have judgement here that we but teach bloody instructions which being taught return to plague the inventor,” (I ii 7-10). When Macbeth says these words, it is when we begin to get the full picture of the play and how powerful the image of blood really is. Throughout the play the symbol of blood changes meaning. It starts with blood representing honour and pride for your country and develops into treason and treachery. At the end of the play we see it had blossomed into guilt. Blood is an essential part of life and the same is true in Macbeth.
At the beginning of the play Macbeth by Shakespeare, there is a battle going on and as King Duncan arrives he says, “What bloody man is that?”
…show more content…
In Act 1 scene 7 lines 7-10 we can see that blood represents treachery and treason quite clearly, “ but in these cases we still have judgement here, that but teach bloody instructions, which, being taught, return to plague th’ inventor.”. Macbeth is contemplating killing Duncan in this scene. In this quote Macbeth is saying that if you make a bad decision something bad will happen to you in the future. Blood represents bad decisions, which leads to treachery and treason. The bad decision in this situation would be Macbeth killing Duncan, which later in the play leads to him gaining more power and confidence and eventually leads to his death.
Also in Act 1 scene 7 we can see that Macbeth is talking to Lady Macbeth about framing the guards for Duncan’s death, ‘when we have mark’d with blood those sleepy two of his own chamber and used their very daggers, that they have done’t?”. (75-77) Macbeth believes that if he covers the guards with blood and uses their daggers that they would be convicted of the murder that he committed. The act of murdering someone is treachery and the fact that he was pressured into it by Lady Macbeth makes in treason. The act of putting the blood on the guards represents passing the blame to someone else. By framing someone else Macbeth gains power in that he does not get convicted and that he gets away with passing the blame and lying.
As we continue through the book
Get Access