References to Blood in Macbeth

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The world revolves around blood. Whether people care to think about it or not, there is no way anyone would be here if it were not for blood. The importance of this element is very often overlooked. Shakespeare wanted to express the importance of blood in his shortest play. Shakespeare uses the element blood to represent several different things throughout the play Macbeth such as murder, guilt, and wickedness. Shakespeare uses blood to represent murder several times throughout the play. Since these murders are an extremely important feature of the story he uses blood to emphasize them. In Act I, Shakespeare uses the quote “ . . . when we have marked with blood those sleepy two/of his own chamber, and used their very daggers/That they have done’t? (I vii 75-77)” to show h Continue...

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She feels so bad about the murder that in Act V she dreams about the smell of blood saying, "Here's the smell of blood still. She was just as guilty to murdering Duncan as Macbeth was, even though he was the only one who felt any guilt. When Lady Macbeth says, "My hands are of your color, but shameTo wear a heart so white, (II ii 63-64) it also refers to the murder of Duncan. (II iv 4-6) He is saying how wicked the murder of Duncan was. ow Macbeth and his wife were planning to frame Duncan's guards for his murder. bloody, Luxurious, avaricious, false, deceitful, Sudden, malicious, and smacking of every sinthat has a name. This is the beginning of all the murders later to come. He had a specific purpose for every little thing he wrote about, perhaps most importantly, blood. In Act II, Ross tells his father "Ha, good father, Thou seest the heavens as troubled with man's actTherefore his bloody stage. (V i 51-52) She also dreams that she sees spots of the blood on her hands that will not be removed no matter how hard she scrubs. Another way Shakespeare uses blood is to represent wickedness. Shakespeare would not have been able to stress the wickedness as well as he did without the word blood. Macbeth feels so much guilt about killing his king that he says washing the blood off his hand will not rid him of the deed but will turn the sea red.


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