In Macbeth, blood is a symbol used to represent guilt and how one's guilt will cause them to act with concupiscence. If an individual feels guilty about an action they will do anything to try to make up for that action or clear their conscience. They may cross a line in which they never had thought of crossing before in order to fight their guilt. In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Macbeth feels guilty about the many murders he has committed and his guilt has turned to paranoia. His paranoia is evident in his conversation with lady Macbeth about banquo when he says, “Come, seeling night, / Scarf up the tender eye of pitiful day / And with thy bloody and invisible hand / Cancel and tear to pieces that great bond / Which keeps me pale” (Shakespeare 3.3.52-56).
As we read The Tragedy of Macbeth we saw a lot of recurring messages and themes. Themes of betrayal, ambition, and guilt really helped us understand the character’s motives and behavior. The theme that was more apparent than others was ambition going along with the motif of blood. Throughout the story, we see how Macbeth 's ambition forces him to make these bad choices which lead to his downfall. The examples that we see in the story of ambition relating to the motifs of blood are when the Macbeth’s clean up the murder of King Duncan, Macbeth murdering Banquo, and when Lady Macbeth goes crazy about her bloody hand.
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It shows Macbeth stuck in rising river of dark blood, with Duncan, Banquo, and the two guards standing behind him, and the battle for the kingdom in front. While the audience does not expect Macbeth to turn around and go back to shore, it does remind them of all the murders that have
Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth” explores a man’s fall from morality through committing the act of regicide, as well as ideas of guilt, greed and corruption. A motif of blood is used throughout the play to aid Shakespeare’s character development of Macbeth and it also facilitates further exploration of the figurative moral compass and culpability. Blood is used as a symbol and physical manifestation of guilt within characters throughout the play. Firstly, Shakespeare uses the motif of blood to emphasise the moral deterioration of Macbeth 's character. At the beginning of the play, blood can often be seen to symbolise strength, heroism and stereotypical masculinity.
In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Macbeth is shown to be a conflicted character who goes through inner turmoil due to cravance for more power; his decision to kill King Duncan is developed by the use of the themes of murder, anxiety, and determination. The theme of murder is portrayed by the use of diction and sentence structure. In the lines 13-15, Macbeth states, “ I see thee still/ And on thy blade and dudgeon gouts of blood/ Which was not so before.” The use of diction works alongside the visual imagery because it emphasizes the actions, for example, “dudgeon gouts of blood”. The diction helps illustrate the bloody scene that Macbeth is imagining, giving off bad omens that foreshadow the possible consequences such as feelings
At the end of the song, the song finishes with a final “Oooo.” Macduff kills Macbeth and tells everyone else, “Behold where stands Th’ usurper’s cursed head” (V.viii.65-66). The final “Oooo” reminds me of the final breath and not only the end to Macbeth’s life but to his guilt and sorrow. In conclusion, Macbeth is truly another great work of art from William Shakespeare. Many other works of art can relate to Macbeth and its incredible plot. To me Macbeth mainly represented sorrow guilt and madness.
Symbolism and representation portray a variety of ideas and concepts using objects or characters. The Bloody dagger used in the Macbeth is a symbolic representation of the bloody journey which Macbeth is about to embark: the beginning of Macbeth’s moral demise. William Shakespeare continuously uses the metalanguage and especially symbolism and representation in Macbeth exemplifying the overall theme of murder. Consequently, During the Shakespearean era, kings were associated with sunset. The death or conquest was associated with sunset.
Blood, especially for those sensitive to such gory imagery, has a very powerful effect on readers. Whether it drips from a weary hero's blade after a long battle, or sticks to the bed sheets and the clothes of a murdered King, blood in imagery has the ability to develop and reveal character personalities. Shakespeare, in the beginning of his play Macbeth, uses blood to portray Macbeth and many other characters as brave and heroic; however, as the story develops, blood begins to indicate betrayal and darkness in the dispositions of many previously heroic and noble characters. In the beginning of Act II, Shakespeare uses blood in imagery to introduce Macbeth as a hero. King Duncan and his sons, Malcolm and Donalbain, are speaking with the sergeant
I think blood plays a very important role in Macbeth. You can see how blood can change Macbeth and his wife mostly Macbeth. Even though Macbeth has already shed blood it didn’t have no meaning to him until he killed Duncan. Duncan’s murder is when blood starts to really become meaningful in the play. Macbeth kills Duncan and then comes back to Lady Macbeth with the bloody daggers and blood on his hands.