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Significance Of Blood In Macbeth

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In the play “Macbeth,” William Shakespeare incorporates the role of blood to illustrate the changes Macbeth’s character undertakes throughout the play. The imagery of blood is used to represent honor and leads to one’s guilty conscience. Although it sometimes accompanies honorable acts, throughout Macbeth, Shakespeare uses blood to portray guilt and the desire for power.

The imagery of blood is repeatedly used to symbolize honor and guilt, throughout the play. “What bloody man is that? He can report, As Seemeth by his plight, of the revolt The newest state” (4, Duncan). Duncan makes the assumption that since the Captain is bloody, he may have fought in the battle himself and may know about the revolt. This quote is a reference to the captain, but recalls to the prior scene for the audience when the sisters mention Macbeth. It is questioned throughout the play of what type of man Macbeth is and what it means to be a man.
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This quote symbolizes the brave fighter who was injured in a valiant battle for his country. This quote exemplifies of what it means to be a man of honor. “The sergeant's telling of the story is in itself heroic, because his loss of blood has made him weak.” (). His blood and his heroism seem to enhance the picture of Macbeth as a hero. Macbeth is being considered as a hero, as the audience questions what type of man he really is. Possible
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