Blood As An Image In Macbeth Essay

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Blood As An Image In Macbeth

Shakespeare uses the symbol of blood in MacBeth to represent treason, guilt, murder and
death. These ideas are constant throughout the book. There are many examples of blood
representing these three ideas in the book.


Blood is mentioned throughout the play and mainly in reference to murder or treason. The
first reference to blood is in MacBeth's soliloquy in Act 2, Scene 1, Lines 33-61, when
Macbeth sees the bloody dagger floating in the air before him. Also in this soliloquy on
line 46 he sees "on thy blade and dudgeon gouts of blood", this means that there is blood
on the handle and spots of blood on the handle. This is implying that the dagger was
viciously and maliciously used on someone. Shakespeare most likely put this in as
premonition of murder and death to come later in the story.


The next reference, although indirect, in Act 2, Scene 2, Lines 5-11 is when Lady MacBeth
talks about smearing the blood from the dagger on the faces and hands of the servants that
she drugged. In Act 2, Scene 2, Lines 11-12, "I laid their daggers ready; He could not
miss them". Notice how she said THEIR daggers. She is setting up the innocent servants of
the king, making it look like they committed treason. Also in this scene is the first
reference of blood pertaining to guilt. MacBeth says this in Act 2, Scene 3, Line 60,
"Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?" This is an example of
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