Blood Imagery In Macbeth Essay

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Shakespeare’s playwright shows the betrayal of Macbeth. The use of blood imagery in Macbeth shows the character development of both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and as they switch personalities.

Lady Macbeth as a human being is very cruel, evil, and murderous. At the beginning of the the play we learn of her use of manipulation to convince Macbeth to murder King Duncan for his crown over the kingdom. To become this way she calls upon the spirits to change her own body, “Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty. Make thick my blood, Stop up the access and passage to remorse, That no compunctious visitings of nature Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between The effect and it” (1.5.44-51). The purpose is to a cruel and evil monstrous beast. Blood is a measure of your guilt in the eyes of Lady Macbeth. So by having thick blood that cannot flow, she assumes that there would be no guilt in her actions. Lady Macbeth as a
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Give me the daggers. The sleeping and the dead Are but as pictures. 'Tis the eye of childhood That fears a painted devil. If he do bleed, I’ll gild the faces of the grooms withal, For it must seem their guilt” She again calls him a coward for not going back to take the daggers and frame the guards. Lady Macbeth compares the dead and sleeping to be pictures. Again mocking him by saying only children are scared of paintings. After the murder of King Duncan, “My hands are of your colour, but I shame To wear a heart so white” (2.2.80-81). By saying his heart was white Lady Macbeth says this to mock Macbeth by calling him weak and a coward. Shortly after she says “A little water clears us of this deed” (2.2.85). The deed is representing the guilt of the murder, and Lady Macbeth believes it will only take a little bit of time for the guilt to
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