Essay on Macbeth: Shakespeare’s Two Key Motifs

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The play “Macbeth”, by Shakespeare, contains many motifs. Two very powerful motifs that Shakespeare illustrates in this play are blood, and weather. Blood is important because it shows that this play is violent, and the blood physically shows that these characters in the play are warriors. Weather plays an important role because it usually foreshadows events that are about to take place. For example, a storm usually foreshadows terrible things, like death and destruction. A major motif in “Macbeth” is blood. Blood is talked about everywhere in Macbeth. Blood is found when Macbeth kills his own relative, King Duncan, in order to gain power and to become the king himself. After Macbeth carries out Duncan’s murder, …show more content…
Macbeth fought in this war as well, so that suggests that Macbeth is a noble, loyal, and fierce warrior, (at the time). Macbeth even honors his king (also his cousin.) He states that Duncan has “silver skin is laced with golden blood”. Unfortunately, these characteristics are taken away from the king when Macbeth stabs and murders him. Not only does blood represent guilt, but it also represents regret. Immediately after Macbeth kills King Duncan, he regrets it. It does not matter how hard he tries, the blood will “never” leave his hands. Macbeth is constantly reminded of the horrible deed he committed when he awakes from a nightmare. No matter what, Macbeth cannot undo what he has done. Macbeth knows that justice will come to him because “blood will have blood.” Macbeth is “in blood, stepped so far” that it does not even matter if he turns back now. Another Major motif in the play is weather. Sunshine and clear skies are not discussed at all in the play. Shakespeare wanted to create a dark and gloomy background. Most of the descriptions about the weather indicate storm-like conditions such as rain, thunder, and lightning. The weather is foreshadowing an event that will take place, and according to the play, usually disastrous events. As Duncan approaches Macbeth’s castle he states that “the air nimbly and sweetly recommends itself unto our gentle senses.” This is a

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