Blood In Macbeth

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Blood In Macbeth

William Shakespeare's play Macbeth is about a struggle for power in Scotland. Macbeth, the
main character, gets prophecies from three witches about his future accomplishments that
will come to him. One of his prophecies is that Macbeth will become king, Macbeth hearing
this he becomes ambitious and later kills the current King Duncan, making himself the new
king. A tragic ending comes to Macbeth when the people leave him and his world collapses
around him. Blood is a recurring theme in this play; the theme of blood shows the setting
of the play at that time and the different moods and emotions acquired by the characters.
This idea of blood in the characters mind reverse from the beginning of the play to the
end. Blood traverses the play Macbeth.King Duncan is the first to bring up blood in the
play. Scotland at this time is fighting Norway; Macbeth and his best friend, Banquo, lead
the Scottish forces to victory. The blood brought up by Duncan shows the honor and the
heroic deeds done by Macbeth. "What bloody man is that?" Duncan asked to which Malcolm
tells him it is the sergeant who had saved him and fought honorably. The sergeant shares
his story of how Macbeth has fought so honorably even outnumbered "carv'd out his
passage." This valiant story with the bloody sergeant being weak from his war injuries
enhances Macbeth's heroic appearance. Duncan's response to the story shows his respect for
Macbeth and realization of Macbeth's honor, "O valiant cousin! Worthy gentleman!" Blood as
it shows the good also shares the evil.Lady Macbeth portrays the evil side that blood
offers to contrast with the good. Lady Macbeth hears from a messenger that the king shall
arrive at the castle tonight. Lady Macbeth is the evil one of the pair while Macbeth seems
full of good in this world Lady Macbeth sees opportunity. The only problem she finds wrong
with herself is that she is a woman; she wishes that her weak female body change, "unsex
me her, / and fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full/ of direst cruelty!" With this
change she wants her blood to become thick, thick blood would help Lady Macbeth become
strong and let her kill without regret, "make thick my blood, / stop up th' access and
passage to remorse." Macbeth soon finds out what the word blood is to him.Macbeth after he
has killed Duncan is in shock, his world of good has been shaken and the blood within him
is scared. The blood sets up in his mind a paranoid scene; him, being afraid of every
thing. Macbeth thinks what he has done is a terrible thing when he looks at his hands,
"This is a sorry sight," although he has brought the daggers out with him which scares
Lady Macbeth. She tells Macbeth to go back and "smear the sleepy grooms with blood."
Macbeth refuses to go because he is so shook up that he only can stare at his hands. He
wants his blood that is on his hands which is full of his sickness and his nervousness
off, "Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood / clean from my hand?" Macbeth
answers his own question saying that this sickness and nervousness on his hands will not
go away but it will make the ocean red with this blood, "No; this my hand will rather /
the multitudinous seas incarnadine, / making the green one red." Lady Macbeth return's to
find her husband obsessed with the blood she has a different feeling about the blood in
this scene.Lady Macbeth keeps her composer and puts on a facade to the world. The blood on
her seems to not bother her, evil has filled within her and a little blood does not tamper
with her emotions. After she smears the guards with the king's blood, she returns to her
husband proclaiming him as a coward. She tells her husband that her hands are exactly the
same color as his but she is shamed that he has a "white" coward heart, "My hands are of
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