Blood is a recurring motif in Shakespeare's Macbeth. It is constantly used to describe or intensity murder or an act of treachery. The excessive use of blood in the play also relates to the guilt and change faced by numerous characters. Blood is seen or mentioned in every act in the play and this is not a coincidence. In the beginning of the story blood was used to display honor and bravery but as the story progressed and as characters developed, blood became a symbol of treason, treachery, and most of all, guilt.
Furthermore, there are many people who have a strong desire for a new king. Even if Macbeth is stuck on the end of Malcolm’s sword, worse evil will be placed upon Scotland than before. During this moment in the play Malcolm and Macduff are trying to gather troops to go to kill Macbeth. Killing Macbeth will stop more blood being shed and may cure the “gashes” of Scotland. Macbeth's concupiscence which originates from his guilt, represented by blood, causes him to destroy his own life and crumble the nation of scotland along with
Kayla Bjelke Ms. Reedy English 11 15 January 2016 Motifs in Macbeth In Shakespeare’s play, The Tragedy of Macbeth, the motif of blood is used to represent the constant guilt felt by the characters, which ultimately leads to their endless feelings of fear. Blood comes to represent guilt soon after Macbeth and Lady Macbeth begin a murder spree that destines them for catastrophe in the future. Whether the two actually regret their decisions or not, they do begin to feel that their crimes have stained them in such a way that cannot be cleansed. The first reference of blood pertaining to guilt comes right after Duncan’s murder. At this time, Macbeth is quickly becoming aware of the moral turmoil that lies with his actions: “Will all great Neptune’s
She is merely giving him a push in a direction he already dreams of going. Finally, it is Macbeth’s fatal flaw that is the root of all the tragedy. While other characters may place him on the path that leads to his fatal destruction, he makes the decisions that lead to the violence and tyranny that are central to the play. Other people may fashion the dagger, sharpen it, place it in Macbeth’s hand, and clean up the blood afterwards, but it is Macbeth who wields the blade, and it is on Macbeth’s head blame must be
Later in scene, Lady Macbeth states that if she had made such a promise as Macbeth did to her, she would “dash the brains out” of her own child as “it was smiling in her fail”. However Lady Macbeth makes it absolutely clear that if he is brave enough, it is impossible to fail. These quotes show how Lady Macbeth is controlling her husband and she proves herself be the most responsible of Duncan’s death. Some people may say that three witches are the most responsible of the death of Duncan. Macbeth never considered murdering king Duncan until he saw the prophecies of the witches.
Though I can see how some readers may think vengeance had the biggest impact on this book, Abigail's jealousy of Elizabeth Proctor led her to tell lies and her greed of wanting John Proctor’s love all to herself, drove her to start the killings of innocent people. As I mentioned before, jealousy and greed can confuse you and act as if they are love which
Brendan Looney P.7 Mrs. Wudel AP English Lit. Macbeth Essay In the play 'Macbeth', symbolism is used very often to create imagery in a scene, and of all the symbols used, blood is one of the most important. Throughout Shakespeare's tragedy, blood is referenced frequently. Whether the word is used to create an image of a gruesome scene, or to symbolize the guilt of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, blood is prevalent both as a word and a theme of the play. From the very beginning of the second act of this play blood is used heavily to represent the horrible acts committed by Macbeth and his wife by killing King Duncan.
Violent acts driven by ambition can lead to self-destruction and cruel consequences. In Shakespeare’s tragic play Macbeth, the main character Macbeth is ambitious and greedy for power. In order to achieve the title of king, he commits violent acts, such as murdering the king and his friend, that eventually end in guilt and strange events occurring. Using violence, Shakespeare demonstrates the consequences of unnatural actions. Through Macbeth and his actions, Shakespeare uses the word blood to illustrate how violent acts can lead to overpowering guilt and unnatural consequences which counteract the violence.
Lady Macbeth came up with the idea of getting the guards drunk and blaming them for the murder. Macbeth likes the idea of the guards getting blamed for the murder, he committed. Macbeth is not very forceful, Lady Macbeth is more forceful than him. Lady Macbeth is the more forceful character, because she wants Duncan killed and she talks Macbeth into doing it, even though, he does not want to. Macbeth was supposed to receive the Thane of Cowdar 's title, once he was executed.
In the play Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is more responsible for the deaths that occur in the play. Lady Macbeth accomplished this by infringing Macbeth’s comfort level, which made him uncomfortable and give into her desires. The four reasons why Lady Macbeth is responsible is she summons evil demons to fill her body with evil, her death pushes Macbeth over the edge, she has the gender power over Macbeth, and she drives Macbeth to become power hungry. During the course of the play most of Lady Macbeth’s actions cause a direct reaction from Macbeth. If Lady Macbeth had not exhorted Macbeth into murdering King Duncan, then he would have remained a sane man and decided against killing Duncan.