Devin P. Marty Mrs. Mahon English 10 Honors 28 January 2014 O Bloody, Macbeth!

analytical Essay
578 words
578 words

Throughout William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, the main character, Macbeth, has a lot on his hands as the king of Scotland… especially blood. In fact, blood imagery and the use of violence were large parts of Shakespeare’s style of writing. By examining the blood imagery in Macbeth, one can determine that the loss of blood of others symbolizes illness and Macbeth’s health, mentally and physically declining. This presents the idea that the more he kills, the closer he comes to the ultimate illness, death.
Macbeth’s injury begins with guilt after the killing of his first victim Duncan. Many quotes from the play help represent this idea. For instance, “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No: this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine,” displays how after Macbeth’s first murder, Duncan, his health starts to decline. It begins with his mind and the guilt that he feels. He says that no ocean can cleanse his hands and that he would turn the many oceans red with the blood on his hands. He is regretting what he has done and believes that...

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how blood imagery and violence were large parts of shakespeare's style of writing. the loss of blood symbolizes illness and macbeth’s health.
  • Analyzes how macbeth's injury begins with guilt after the killing of his first victim duncan. many quotes from the play help represent this idea.
  • Analyzes how the appearance of banquo's ghost further mentally harms macbeth with the idea that he is going crazy. the quote, "blood hath been shed ere now," further displays blood imagery.
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