Macbeth Blood Analysis

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In “Macbeth” by Shakespeare there are countless images of blood throughout the play. Some even say the play is “dripping with blood”. Blood plays a very important role in the play and creates many intriguing situations throughout. But the main question is the blood drawn for the good or the worse, and what are the consequences of blood? Despite blood being bad sometimes it can be for the good, images of blood throughout the play represent how people can be overcome by thirst or desires to kill others due to their abilities to do so. This brings out the pure savagery within people and shows how many people can be killed just to fulfil one’s personal needs. But later on the ones seeking blood for evil will become the ones being hunted, because …show more content…
This is the first image of blood we encounter in the play. The quote "What bloody man is that?" (1.2.1) is said about Macbeth as he returns from battle victoriously and is portrayed as a hero, this image of blood is portrayed as a positive one since Macbeth has slayed their enemies. After this first image of blood it’s all downhill, the next images of blood are selfish acts which are unearthly. As Lady Macbeth plans the murder of King Duncan she speaks to herself "make thick my blood; / Stop up the access and passage to remorse" (1.5.43-44) Lady Macbeth says this because with thick blood she will be able to do anything with no major obstacles to stop her from doing so. When Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth he must kill Duncan he is skeptical but Lady Macbeth counters by saying “When you durst do it then you are a man” (1.7.49) Lady Macbeth is essentially saying to be a true man you must draw the blood of Duncan which is outrageous. This is showing her desires overcome her ability to think straight thus making her have no regards for …show more content…
These images of blood that were listed beforehand are now coming back and are constantly haunting the royal couple. After the murders of Duncan and Banquo Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have been extremely paranoid and delusional. For example in the late stages of the play Lady Macbeth is caught sleep-walking and is unintentionally saying the words “Out, damned spot! Out, I say!--One: two: why, then, 'tis time to do 't Hell is murky! Fie, my lord, fie! A soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account? Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him? (5.1.35-40). This clearly shows that Lady Macbeth is now regretting their relentless acts. This image of blood knocks some sense into Lady Macbeth, and she now has to face reality. On the other hand Macbeth is also finally realizing his gruesome mistakes he committed. The sudden reality has also hit Macbeth and the hunter has now become the hunted. Macbeth had even acknowledged that "they say, blood will have blood" (3.4.121) so now the one who is the seeker of blood, his blood will soon be wanted by others as well. And that is exactly what happens when Macduff realizes that the must rid this tyrant Macbeth as he is out of control and causing mass chaos amongst many. This leads to one of the only positive images of blood we will see in this play so far: The killing of Macbeth. At this moment when Macduff finally

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