Shakespeare's Use Of Blood In Macbeth

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“Double, double, toil and trouble” (Shakespeare 75), what is the perfect recipe for an amazing play? Some may say romance, drama, and a happy ending. But then there is Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth. What makes this play amazing is the blood, the fates of immortal instruments, and light vs. darkness. It may be hard to read Shakespeare for some, but for others who can take the time and understand the “ingredients” that it took to create this amazing play, love it and bask in it. Red, sticky, and warm. Three words that make a reader think of blood. Macbeth is said to be Shakespeare’s bloodiest play, with blood being used approximately a hundred times throughout the play. Blood means death, death means drama. In almost every scene throughout the play, there is at least one mention of blood or death. “Wash your hands, put on your nightgown, look not so pale,” (Shakespeare 94), although it is not directly stated what Lady Macbeth is washing off her hands, readers are able to connect that what is being washed off of her hands. Although her hands are physically clean, Shakespeare is able to use blood to show the guilt that Lady Macbeth is having for telling her husband, Macbeth, to kill King Duncan. Another way that Shakespeare is able to use blood to set the mood for the scene is describing…show more content…
dark. Shakespeare uses the blood in the play to create gore, and to use as a symbol of guilt. The fates of immortal instruments is used to create tension in the play, and leads to many of the deaths in this play. Lastly, the light vs. dark is used to create the mood, tone and setting of each scene. Each of the three motifs mentioned have their own way to mix together to create the perfect

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