William Shakespeare 's ' Macbeth '

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George Giantsopoulos
Ms. Wong
July 16, 2015
Macbeth Literary Essay
In this 16th century, classic play about a man hungry for power by William Shakespeare there are many intense instances of symbolism used to demonstrate and prove Macbeth’s feelings and behaviour throughout the book. Good symbolism makes you feel what the character feels when reading a story. In the story, “Macbeth”, Macbeth is shown to be a sly and deceiving person who betrayed his kingdom for his own gain. Three important symbols used to show Macbeth 's greed and deceit are blood, animals, and children. They add description of emotions and events felt by the characters, especially Macbeth.
Blood represents the guilt and the horror Macbeth cannot get rid of. Animal’s represent the characters characteristics through the book. For example how a mule would represent someone who is stubborn. The children represent responsibility and what is to come. In this play the reappearing imagery of blood is used to show the emotion of guilt and horror Macbeth feels after he kills his king. Throughout this story the main character Macbeth’s feelings were wisely shown throughout Shakespeare’s play Macbeth. One case of where Macbeth is feeling guilty is right after he kills Duncan.
“What hands are here? Ha! They pluck out mine eyes! Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No; this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine, Making the green one
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