Macbeth Imagery Essay

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Through the use of blood imagery in Macbeth, Shakespeare is able to characterize the character of Macbeth. As Macbeth commits numerous crimes and despicable acts throughout the play, his character transforms from a guilt ridden thane who adores his kind and risks his life to protect him and his country, into a savage, murderous king encouraged by greed and madness. Shakespeare’s use of blood imagery builds the initial characterization of Macbeth in Act I as having an ability to display and feel guilt and his hesitance to commit treason with this quote, “We still have judgment here, that we but teach bloody instructions, which, being taught, return to plague the inventor” (Shakespeare 39). This quote is important to Macbeth’s characterization because he is able to think about Duncan’s murder rationally at this point. He attempts to show Lady Macbeth the consequences of their actions, to no avail. Even though they still commit the murder, this quote demonstrates that at this time in the play, Macbeth is still able to feel guilt over it. Macbeth’s characterization can also be shown in ...

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