Imagery of Blood in William Shakespeare's Play Macbeth

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Imagery of Blood in William Shakespeare's Play Macbeth In the play Macbeth , William Shakespeare uses blood as a symbol throughout the whole story to show the different emotions and themes within the context of the play. It’s a bit ironic for someone whose name means “the son of life” that he has to take so many lives instead of being a father to the people he was trying to rule. The play refers to blood in three key points to create great imagery in this play, guilt, honor, and family/ancestry are some strong points that this imagery is used. Blood shows many things in this play, such a thing like honor. Malcom the heir to the throne has made his way to England to escape the treacherous acts of the tyrant Macbeth. While there Macduff comes to call on him for an army to take back their mainland. Malcolm suggests his lack of honor for the new King of Scotland in his statement to Macduff, “It weeps, it bleeds, and each new day a gash/ Is added to her wounds.” Then later in this dialogue continues with “More suffer and more sundry ways than ever,/ By him that shall succeed”(4.3.40-49). Here Malcom is explaining how his country is as living as the people that inhabit it. He does not want to be tricked by Macduff and have his country in bits and pieces by the likes of Macbeth. Towards the beginning of the play when Macbeth returns the Sergeant shows his respect for the brave fighter who returned from a valiant battle for his country, in this next passage, the Sergeant says, "Which smoked with bloody execution"(1.2.18), he is referring to Macbeth's braveness in which his sword is covered in the hot blood of the enemy. The worthy heir to the throne Malcolm is graced by Macduff as he holds the head of Macbeth to all the people and sa... ... middle of paper ... ...have no words./My voice is in my sword, thou bloodier villain/Than terms can give thee out!”(5.8.5-9) which leads to the beheading of the tyrant Macbeth. After the death of Macbeth at the hands of Macduff, the symbolic theme of blood swings back to what it was at the beginning of the play. It is the symbol of honor to Malcom this time. The death of Macbeth is an honored feat that Macduff is congratulated for. There are many different ways Shakespeare plays with the imagery of blood. All the ways he uses this type of imagery goes back to how honor ,family, and then to guilt, after this, it returns to the symbolic imagery of honor after the villain that changed the meaning from honor to tyranny is killed. Due to these many changes, it has been proved that the symbol of blood has many different meanings which can be attributed to it throughout the course of this play.

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