Why Is Blood Important In Macbeth

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Macbeth Motif Essay In Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, Macbeth the thane of Glamis is easily mislead by the prophecies of the three witches. After one of their prophecies becomes true and he becomes the thane of Cawdor he is fooled into believing the rest of the prophecies. Macbeth willing to do anything to gain the throne of King Duncan commits many murders. He kills anyone that gets between him and his ambition of the throne. His greedy and power hungry wife, Lady Macbeth, assists him in devising plans to kill King Duncan and seize Scotland. The image of blood portrays the central idea and mood of Macbeth, guilt. There is a clear progression of the motif of blood from something brave, honorable and complimentary to something evil, shameful and full of guilt. At the beginning of Shakespeare’s Macbeth blood represents honor. Such as the enemy’s blood on Macbeth's sword after the war shows that he is a brave hero. The Captain speaks “For brave Macbeth, disdaining fortune, with his brandish steel, which smoked with bloody execution….” (I.ii.20). Everyone including King Duncan believes him to be a respectable, brave and honorable hero. Since the thane Cawdor was executed, Macbeth’s bravery makes him the thane of Cawdor. As Lady Macbeth states “Make thick my blood”…show more content…
It symbolizes how much people will go through to hide their horrid deeds. Shakespeare uses the symbol of blood to represent guilt, evil, murder and death. This representation of blood is very familiar to what is understood by many. In the end the blood does not signal honor or bravery at all it represents the guilt felt by the Macbeths about not only about Duncan and Banquo but all the horrible murders they have committed. The motif of blood comes up so often in this play that it almost begins to be a dominating theme. Macbeth shows that the word blood can have two contrary meanings, hence from showing honor to showing deceit, treachery, and

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