Blood Essay

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In Macbeth the word blood has several meanings to it. It is used as a symbol of honor, guilt, murder, life, and family; or it can simply be actual blood itself. Many people in this play have died by murder, except one; Lady Macbeth. In the end of the play she ended up taking her own life out of fear and guilt. Lady Macbeth is a coward. “Wouldst thou have that Which thou esteem’st the ornament of life, And live a coward in thine own esteem,…” says Lady Macbeth to her husband. After Macbeth has “done the deed” he washes his hands and says “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No,…” this meaning that the blood mark will never rub away from his hand. At the end of the play Lady Macbeth is the one who suffers from guilt because she hallucinates a drop of blood on her hand that will never come off. This part of the play indicates how blood signifies guilt. Blood can also mean family. In Act 3 Scene IV Macbeth says “It will have blood, they say; blood will have blood.”. At this point, Macbeth is beginning to have a guilty conscious about losing his thrown, or dying. At the end of the play Malcom ends up being king, because Macduff fights and kills Macbeth. Duncan was Malcom’s father, so in the end Malcom took his place as king like he was supposed to be. When people think about blood, they usually first think about murder. That’s how it signifies Macbeth in the play. Macbeth is portrayed as a traitor and a murderer. He killed King Duncan, and is responsible for Banquo’s, and Macduff’s family’s death. In Act 5 Scene VII Macduff says “My voice is in my sword, thou bloodier villain…”. This means that Macduff will go after Macbeth for revenge after Macbeth killed his family. His sword represents his anger, and “bloodier villain” represents a dead man walking, Macbeth. He is the bloody villain that Macduff refers to in the quote. Blood

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