Macbeth Guilt Quotes

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In Shakespeare's play, Macbeth, blood is more than just what keeps all of the characters alive, it symbolizes guilt and eventually regret. Macbeth is one of these victims of guilt. His evil heart is pumping all of the regret and guilt through his veins and making him miserable. Three quotes that illustrate the power between blood and guilt are “act II, scene ii lines 60-66”, “act III scene iv lines 122-140”, and “ act V scene i lines 31-36”. “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.” In this section from act II, scene II macbeth is talking about how the blood of Duncan will never wash away from his hands, or how the guilt of killing the king will never be gone from him. He says that all of the god of water’s (Neptune’s) oceans will not wash away the blood from his hands, but instead the blood from his hands will make the ocean a scarlet red. What Macbeth has done is so powerful, not even a power as great as the ocean could ever wash it away! “ I will…show more content…
It is a symbol of guilt, and how when you do things this bad, the guilt can really never leave you. Guilt was indirectly the downfall of Macbeth, and was the downfall of Lady Macbeth. After killing Duncan, Macbeth proceeds to kill the guards, a totally logical move. But he then says that he killed the guards placing himself under the suspicion of many. He tries to save himself but still Macduff and others are suspicious of him. Macduff eventually kills Macbeth because he believes that he unjustly killed the kings and his family. Lady Macbeth is under so much guilt that she throws herself off the balcony and commits suicide. Killing seem as though it is not the way to go, it causes many problems that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth decided to endure after killing. After killing, guilt follows you like a shadow, following you every move, never
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