Let the earth hide thee. / Thy bones are marrowless; thy blood is cold; / Thou hast no speculation in those eyes / Which thou dost glare with” (3.4.93-96). Macbeth hallucinates and claims that he sees Banquo’s ghost. This demonstrates his guilt of ordering the murder of Banquo. This displays the theme because Macbeth has not confessed to the crime of murdering Banquo, the terror and remorse is bottled up inside of him and is slowly creeping out to haunt him.
At the start of the story she instigates Macbeth to murder Duncan and washes away his blood without a shred of remorse, whereas Macbeth is mortified by his actions. This changes however the second time Lady Macbeth encounters blood with her shocked reaction to Macbeth killing Duncan's guards. Where Lady Macbeth initially stood unfazed, she now faints at the sight of the cruel acts that Macbeth has committed. This only worsens as the play progresses to the point where she hallucinates blood spots on her hands, representing the guilt she now cannot escape
As the events of the play take place and she plans and participates with Macbeth in the murders of king Duncan and his chamberlains, she begins to struggle with guilt and the conflict between good and evil. She realizes that she has gained nothing but spent everything when she says “naught 's had, all’s spent”(act 3, scene 2, line 4). She begins to sleepwalk, become ill, and realized that the blood on her hands will not wash away as she yells “out, damned spot, out, I say!” she commits suicide(act 5, scene 1, line
This thus shows the significance of the air drawn dagger. Lastly, in Act 3, Scene 4 when everyone is sitting around the table for the banquet that Macbeth is hosting, when Macbeth gets there he said, “The table’s full” (33.4.56). Macbeth meant that Banquo’s ghost was sitting in his seat and that he is able to see Banquo, while the apparition is invisible to Macbeth’s guest. The
His obsession with thoughts of murder causes his hallucination, to which Macbeth says "I see thee still, and on thy blade and dudgeon gouts of blood, which was not so before" (2.1.46). This anticipates and foreshadows the murder he is about to commit as the audience is given these graphic illustrations of blood, thus eluding to the deceitful murder of Duncan. This vision expressed is a symbol of guilt he will feel after committing the murder also sets a tone of horror that carries on through the scene. Therefore, by including strong blood imagery into the play, the audience is given the ability to see Macbeth’s feelings towards the crime he is about to commit through the literary device of
The crime is foreshadowed in the second scene of the first act. King Duncan roared, “ What bloody man is that?” referring to a soldier coming in from battle (1.2.1). The soldier explains the heroism in Macbeth’s actions during the battle. It can be deduced that Macbeth is bloody just like the soldier.Macbeth’s actions are described as a “Disdaining Fortune, with his brandished steel, / Which smoked with bloody execution,” associating Macbeth with killing, hinting to prospective events (1.2.17-18). The evil deed of murdering the king becomes too much of a burden on the Macbeth family.
This shows that he most likely had this ambition to kill the king all along. INTERVIEWER: Macbeth’s ambition helped him claim the throne but it seemed that once he was crowned king he was not without guilt. How does Shakespeare portray Macbeth’s guilt? OLIVER: Well, blood is a symbol of guilt in Shakespeare’s original play. This is shown with Banquo’s ghost and after Duncan is killed, Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth that, “A little water clears us of this deed.” Yet throughout the rest of the play, Macbeth is plagued by visions of blood, consistently referring to where Macbeth’s “vaulting ambition” has taken him.
Banquo shows that he is suspicious of Macbeth's motives, and Macbeth ends the conversation by wishing Banquo "Good repose" (2.1.29), a good night's sleep. However, after Macbeth kills the king Duncan. He is so unnerved that he cannot move.Staring at his bloody hands, he tells his wife that as he left the King's chamber, he heard two men in another room: "There's one did laugh in's sleep, and one cried 'Murder!'" (2.2.20). To him, it's as though those men, even in their sleep, could see his bloody murderer's hands.
In this play, blood can symbolize a lot of things, but the main thing that blood symbolizes is guilt. Death and/or killing can happen very fast or in an instant, but blood can remain for even longer. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth had lots of worries and feelings of guilt throughout the play after the murder of characters, but they start to believe what if they can’t remove the blood or guilt from their hands. In the play, Lady Macbeth states “Out, damned spot! Out, I say!—One, two.
Many times in the story he has a mental breakdown or starts seeing the ghosts of those he killed, most notably Banquo, who he was very close to but had to kill so he could not share the prophecy from the witches. Macbeth hosts a party on the night that Banquo is murdered and Macbeth start seeing Banquo’s ghost. Macbeth even tries to justify the murder and doesn’t understand why a ghost is there as he says “The time has been that, when the brains were out, the man would die, and there an end. But now they rise again with twenty mortal murders on their crowns and push us from our stools. This is more strange than such a murder is.” which shows Macbeth’s confusion on how he is seeing the ghost and that seeing the ghost is more wrong than the murder itself (III,iv,78-83).