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In the play ‘Macbeth’, Shakespeare uses brutal imagery, with association of blood. The mood of disgust and horror towards the characters and setting is established by the references to the universal representation of death and pain. The first mention of blood seems to establish a sense of honor. The second mention of blood seems to communicate betrayal. Lastly the third allusion of blood appears to establish a sense of guilt All of these images of blood help develop the atmosphere and scene and contribute to the over all drama of the play.

The use of the word ‘blood’ contains the recoiling images of horror and disgust that are
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Lady Macbeth initiates this theme when she utters the words, "make thick my blood", before helping to frame the guards for the murder of Duncan. The notion of making ones blood thick attempts to communicate how Lady Macbeth wants to become remorseless and insensitive. However the irony is established since she also feels guilty and trepidation for the crime of treason she is about to commit. Lady Macbeth understands that the symbolic of use of blood is treacherous and if she places Duncan's blood on the guards the blame will be diverted from Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. We are told this by the following lines, "smear the sleepy grooms with blood. If he do bleed, I'll gild the faces of the grooms withal, for it must seem their guilt." Lady Macbeth plans to go into Duncan's room after Macbeth has killed him. Then she will place the bloody daggers by the passed out guards and put blood on their faces so they will be accused of treason.

The most obvious use of blood in ‘Macbeth’ is that which symbolizes the guilt within the scene. The imagery of bloody helps to emphasize the sense of guilt, adding to the overall dramatic connotations of the scene and the words spoken by each character. One of the most memorable references to blood and guilt is when it is established that Lady Macbeth is sleep walking. Her guilt overcomes her subconscious and in her sleep walking she admits to her part in the murder of
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