Macbeth Blood Quotes

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The image of blood plays an important role throughout the play. Blood represents the murders Macbeth and Lady Macbeth committed along with the guilt and pain they’ve felt afterwards. When Macbeth murdered King Duncan, he was fearful of getting caught. “Will Neptune’s ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand?” (2.2.59-60) Later, Macbeth refuses to go back to the crime scene to smear the blood on the sleeping guards because he was afraid of being accused. “I’ll gild the faces of the grooms withal, For it must seem their guilt” (2.2.55-56a) However, Lady Macbeth went back bravely to the crime scene to finish the job. Her going back to the crime scene shows that they are trying to blame the guilt on the sleeping guards so they wouldn’t get caught.

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