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 word “blood,” produces a dreadful description of the king’s murder which aids the audience in picturing this horrific murder scene. Blood is also used to display the guilt in Lady Macbeth near the end of the play. Throughout the play, Lady Macbeth is the one who tries to keep Macbeth sane and to keep from breaking.
Soon however, he begins to feel the shame of his actions. He has blood on his hands, and fears it will cease to come off because of the permanent damage of his crime. He asks himself, “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood / Clean from my hand?” (II.ii.61-62) Trying to use the water for vindication, Macbeth explains how he thinks all of the oceans could never wash away the blood that stains his hands. The blood on his hands epitomizes murder and wrong, and Shakespeare conveys Macbeth’s inability to absolve the sins of murder through the guilt that accompanies it. He elaborates on the severity of his actions by stating, “No, this my hand will rather / The multitudinous seas incarnadine, / Making the green one red.” (II.ii.62-63) Macbeth foresees that his guilty hands will stain ... ... middle of paper ... ...ambition causes ill-fated repercussions is expressed through Shakespeare’s motifs of blood and violence in the play Macbeth.
In conclusion, symbolism is used to emphasize a theme through repetition and imagery. It is used to emphasize the theme of the corruption of power due to Macbeth's actions. Blood representing guilt, blood murder, and pain, the contrast of light and dark representing good and evil and the archetypal pattern of purification by using water representing removal of guilt, cleansing and peace are the main symbols used repeatedly to emphasize this theme. These symbols portray the theme effectively to allow the audience to grasp and involve themselves into the play.
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.
3) warns of the violent nature of the play filled with murder, guilt and pain. Blood in the murder of King Duncan also plays a major role because it represents Macbeth's guilt as well as his shame for slaying King Duncan. Macbeth observes his blood stained hands and remarks "As they had seen me with these hangman's hands." (pg. 27) This reveals his guilt and shame because he is comparing his hands to those of an executioner's.
The quote is important as it shows Macbeth’s guilt over the murder, and how it haunts him. Macbeth gradually loses his sanity and questions if his decision was correct. Through this quote, you are able to see Macbeth’s vulnerability and more humane side. Shakespeare communicates that if negative emotions are not confronted, they will consume and relentlessly haunt them. The idea is again demonstrated in Act 5 where Macbeth says, “Of all men else I have avoided thee But get thee back.
This scene parallels much of Macbeth 's words (how "all great Neptune 's ocean" would not be able to "wash [his] blood" away), in that now she, also, realizes the depth of her guilt in killing the king (2.2.61-62). In this passage, she is desperately washing her hands, attempting to remove her smudge of imaginary blood, but of course, that blood is stained onto her conscience forever. The fact that Shakespeare has Lady Macbeth also display her guilt signifies that Macbeth is not the only one to sense it, and therefore it is a universal rule, that all those guilty from wrongdoing can never be rid of their remorse, which makes obvious the theme of endless guilt. The fact that blood—a striking image—is used continually throughout to symbolize guilt unifies the play through a significant object and focuses the audience on the symbol (by extension, then, it also focuses the audience on the theme), resulting in them giving more thought to it. With use of blood as a symbol of guilt, Shakespeare is able to develop his theme that guilt is an endless burden on the wrongdoer.
Macbeth recognizes that the conscious acts which torture him essentially reduce him to a human individual. This is the inescapable bond that keeps him "pale" and at Act 3 Scene 2, he states: "Come seeling night Scarf up the tender eye of pitiful day, And with thy bloody and invisible hand Cancel and tear to pieces that great bond Which keeps me pale" The above quote by Macbeth demonstrates that he imagines that the execution of more murderous deeds, (instigation of the murder of Banquo), will help him pursue his interest of personal safety and also destroy any personal humanity left within himself. Immediately after the death of Duncan, Macbeth is disgusted with himself for murdering Duncan. This is shown by Macbeth when he states: "I have done the deed" He says this instead of simply saying that he has murdered Duncan and is consequently almost trying to avoid the subject. This demonstrates that Macbeth is deeply ashamed of what he has done.
If she hadn’t insisted on the murder, she would not be driven in... ... middle of paper ... ...can presume that it was out of guilt. As we saw, it was plaguing her dreams, and taking a heavy toll on her mental health. The reader can assume that she saw death as the only opportunity for peace of mind. Lady Macbeth committed the ultimate crime, and this is how she payed the price. Lady Macbeth began to see the consequences of her actions, but couldn’t handle the repercussions.