Macbeth: Blood Essay

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Tracing A Word: Blood
Act 1
1.) A. Quotation and speaker:
Lady Macbeth: Bring forth men-children only;
For thy undaunted mettle should compose
Nothing but males. Will it not be received,
When we have mark'd with blood those sleepy two
Of his own chamber and used their very daggers,
That they have done't? (1.7.72-77)
B. Paraphrase and clarification:
Hopefully you will only have male children, For you should compose nothing that isn’t masculine. When we have marked the servants with the blood of the king and use their own daggers, won’t they look like they have committed the murder?
Lady Macbeth is telling Macbeth he should only have male children, because she likes masculinity and that when they cover the servants in
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She tells him to return the daggers and to smear the servants faces with blood.
C. Conclusions:
Lady Macbeth becomes irritated with Macbeth for messing up and this shows how calm she is about the murder. Macbeth forgets to smear blood on the servants and to leave the daggers there, which shows that he is very nervous and scared about the situation.

3.) A. Quotation and Speaker:
Macbeth: You are, and do not know't:
The spring, the head, the fountain of your blood
Is stopp'd; the very source of it is stopp'd.
Macduff: Your royal father 's murder'd. (2.3.75-78)
B. Paraphrase and clarification:
The source of the fountain of your royal blood has stopped. Your royal father has been murdered.
Macduff and Macbeth are telling Malcolm that his father is dead.
C. Conclusions:
Macbeth used the word blood in an interesting way. Macbeth said “the fountain of your blood is stopp’d” which was a way for him to tell Malcolm his father is dead.

General Conclusions for Act 2:
1.) In Act 2 the word blood was used negatively. Like Act 1, when the word blood was used it was about murder.
2.)In Act 2 the word showed how the characters felt about the murder of Duncan. Quote 1 Macbeth imagines a bloody dagger pointing towards Duncan’s room, this was from how he felt uneasy about the murder. This shows Macbeth was nervous about what was about to happen. In Quote 2 Lady Macbeth seems calm and agitated with her husband for forgetting to leave the daggers and to smear blood on

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