The more the evil grows in Macbeth’s heart, the more the apparent – and ironic – reality of the dagger becomes to him. According to Harold Bloom, Shakespeare emphasizes how “Macbeth’s imagination does the work of his will.” (Bloom 77). In other words, through the vision of daggers, Macbeth allows his imagination control over his thoughts. He becomes a sl... ... middle of paper ... ..., but her “crisis” still arrives “ever more terrible” (Garber 712). At the time of Duncan’s death, Lady Macbeth guided her husband to clean his hands of blood.
Blood’s recurring symbolism throughout the play constantly reminds the audience of the Macbeth’s irreconcilable guilt. Blood’s symbolism in the murder of Duncan transforms an act of treachery into a ghastly betrayal. The symbolic appearance of blood throughout the intermediate parts of the play maintains the depth of the Macbeth’s unforgiveable guilt. The use of blood as a symbol in the conclusion of the play asserts the perpetuity of the Macbeth’s guilt. Shakespeare’s inclusion of blood as a major symbol in Macbeth creates a compelling tragedy in which the audience is able to comprehend the magnitude of the Macbeth’s irreconcilable guilt.
The imagery of blood like Spurgeon suggests is often linked with the feeling of fear, horror, and pain (Spurgeon 126). Often time’s blood is linked to the feeling of guilt and in this case Lady Macbeth calls upon the spirits asking them to make her strong and stop the feeling of remorse. This is seen when she says: “Of direst cruelty: make thick my blood, stop up the access and passage to remorse” (Shakespeare, I.v.43-44). This quote is important because it demonstrates the use of blood to convey strength and the will to commit evil. This links with the major theme of Macbeth, showing that Lay Macbeth is asking the spirits to poison her soul allowing her ambition to take over herself.
This is showing how Macbeth is becoming corrupt because Shakespeare only mentions blood or murder when it is for the wrong reasons. Ross informs Macduff his “…wife and babe savagely slaughtered” (Shakespear... ... middle of paper ... ...ing the emotions and thoughts that would have prevented him from acting out upon his urge to kill. This shows the decay of Macbeth. He has lost many emotions, one of which the reader can assume is guilt. Macbeth also says, “give to th’edge o’th’sword his wife, his babes and all unfortunate souls.”(Shakespeare 107).
The symbol of blood was now used to show deceit and betrayal. Lady Macbeth starts this off... ... middle of paper ... ... army. He and Macduff confront and battle. In Act 5 Scene viii, Macbeth says "...my soul is too much charged with blood of thine already." And Macduff replies and says, "I have no words.
Macbeth and Banquo near the begging of the play are visited by the three witches who tell Macbeth a prophesy of his own and Banquo a prophesy of his own. Throughout Shakespeare’s play ‘Macbeth’, the recurring imagery of blood is used as a symbol to demonstrate the constant feelings of guilt felt by the characters, ultimately leading to their endless feelings of fear and horror. Guilt Point: Near the begging of the play Macbeth is described as a hero even in his darkest moments. Macbeth with the encouragement of Lady Macbeth kills King Duncan in order to become king. Macbeth feels somewhat guilty for his actions as his hands are covered in the kings blood.
The play Macbeth centers on betrayal, war, and justice and as it does, blood plays a very significant role evoking different types of emotion from different characters throughout the play. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth seemed the most emotionally moved both mentally and physically, by the sight of blood because they had the most to lose. From the beginning of the play with the killing of Duncan, to the dinner party with the bloody ghost of Banquo haunting Macbeth, to one of the final scenes of Lady Macbeth sleep walking trying to get the blood spots off of her hands, blood is shown all throughout the play symbolizing guilt, murder, revenge, and even suicide. After killing Duncan, Macbeth seemed very shocked that he actually committed the murder. This is illustrated in the text as it reads that Macbeth was very pale in the face, fearful, and shocked that he had just actually killed King Duncan.
This, as with many things in the play, see-saws back and forth: his fair winnings and heightened position turn foul again by the end of the play. Possibly the most notable switch occurs between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. When Lady Macbeth learns of the witches' prophecy, she is absolute in her decision to kill the King. Macbeth, while he clearly likes the idea, and even shares her desire, falters on holding his promise to her until she threatens his manhood directly. After he kills the King and Banquo (separately) he is distraught with shame and guilt, while Lady Macbeth holds herself together and covers for his strange behavior.
Shakespeare presents their insanity very powerfully, with hallucinations and acts of madness, such as Lady Macbeth trying to wash "blood" off her hand; blood that isn't there. At the end of the play, Macduff, whose wife and child Macbeth has had killed, finds Macbeth at his castle and they fight. It is now an open fact that Macbeth is evil, and many people, especially Macduff, want him dead. Macduff wins, beheading Macbeth and finally and evil dies. Malcolm, the rightful heir to the throne, becomes king.
Lady Macbeth feels guilty due to the murder of King Duncan and this episode shows that. The perfumes of Arabia possess strength, yet they cannot free her from her guilt shown by the “blood” on her hand. Another instance of blood signaling the arrival of strong guilt occurs right after the murder of King Duncan. On... ... middle of paper ... ...icking his cheeks they seem flushed with blood. The color of blood symbolizes the giving of courage at an important crossroads in Macbeth.