Macbeth Blood Quotes Analysis

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The motifs of blood and hand work together to introduce the theme of guilt and remorse. Macbeth is paranoid after killing Duncan. He tells himself that all the oceans in the world can't clean his bloody hands, “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood, clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas in incarnadine, making the green one red.” (2.2.72-74). This quote represents Macbeth knowing that he is guilty of killing Duncan and the blood on his hands is freaking him out. His conscience is coming back to him. Macbeth doesn’t think that washing his hands will take away the guilt. For example, Shakespeare uses the motif of blood to create the theme of guilt and remorse. Lady Macbeth is sleepwalking and talking …show more content…

Macbeth’s conscience is coming back after killing Duncan. He is scared of the door knocking. He looks at his hand and thinks that washing them will make the water turn red, “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 red” (2.2.59-63). This evidence shows Macbeth is now paranoid because of hearing a knock at the door. He looks at the blood on his hands and wants to wash them, but then he realizes that if he washes his hands it won’t take away the guilt. For example, Shakespeare uses the motif of blood to create the theme of guilt and remorse. Lady Macbeth is sleepwalking complaining about the blood on her hands and if they were going to be clean again, “What, will these hands ne’er be clean? No more o’ that. You mar all with this starting.” (5.1 36-38). This evidence shows Lady Macbeth is sleepwalking in her room, and a doctor and her gentlewomen are watching her. Lady Macbeth is feeling guilty because Macduff’s wife is dead, and she realizes that her hands will never be clean of the blood of the people that she helped kill. Her conscience comes and haunts her in her

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