Images Of Blood In Macbeth Essay

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Images of Blood • It is a symbol of death, cold-blooded murder and a stain that is difficult to eliminate (seen in Lady Macbeth’s hand-washing compulsion). • It represents guilt as well as cowardice (the bloody dagger and the Ghost of Banquo). • It has been used to scapegoat innocent people (e.g. Macbeth puts Duncan’s blood onto the guards). • It also represents kinship, severing family ties and bonds. • “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas in incarnadine, making the green one red.” (2.2.73-76) • “I am in blood stepped in so far that, should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go over.” (3.4.159-161) • “Here’s the…show more content…
• The Witches and the supernatural world is considered ‘unnatural’ or ‘out of the ordinary.’ • Macbeth’s interaction between his world and the supernatural changes the nature of his world. • Human nature seems dead at night, as it blurs reality and wickedness overpowers (Macbeth commits Duncan’s murder at…show more content…
• Supernatural World – the Witches and their prophecies. • The dark and stormy weather at the commencement of the play foreshadows terror. • The reign of King Duncan was prosperous with maintenance of order. Macbeth’s reign as King had turned Scotland upside down, driving it to chaos and subsequently, to war with England. • Macbeth’s insecurity drives him to see the Witches, which in turn divert his psychological state. He feels even more insecure. • Order is restored when Macbeth is defeated and killed by Macduff. • The Ghost of Banquo is a sign that Macbeth has disrupted

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