Use Of Blood Imagery In Macbeth

740 Words3 Pages
Blood imagery in Macbeth The play Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most successful plays, he includes an extensive amount of blood imagery to paint a better picture for the audience. Shakespeare is known for creating a plot that hooks his audience and consistently puts some message in the play/book. He always uses an extensive amount of imagery to facilitate and aid the readers on understanding the plot. A good pattern of imagery he uses is blood symbolism.
Blood begins to symbolize Lady Macbeth’s and Macbeth’s guilt because they start to feel that their crimes have stained them in a way that can’t be washed clean. Macbeth cries after he has killed Duncan, even as his wife yells at him and says that a little water will wash the blood from his hands. Lady Macbeth's hallucination of blood on her hands seems to represent her feeling of guilt. She feels so guilty that she is having psychological problems as well. For instance, blood shows the
…show more content…
He starts off as a noble and just a regular person, then turns ambitious and becomes a little treacherous but, finally, he becomes a man full of guilt and remorse for his crimes. On the other hand, blood imagery is also used by Shakespeare to create a visceral reaction from the audience. Blood also represents injury, death, and the cycle of life. It is an essential part of life because you can’t survive without blood. Some people fear blood because it reminds them of their own injuries for example a cut or scratch, possibly war memories, or the death of someone they know. People may try to avoid blood but it is impossible as it runs in everyone. By bringing the image of blood on stage from the bleeding Captain, to the beheaded Macbeth at the end, Shakespeare succeeds in making his play easier to relate to and for the audience to feel like a part of the action, rather than just

More about Use Of Blood Imagery In Macbeth

Open Document