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At first, Macbeth is a soldier, very highly revered by King Duncan. As the play progresses, Macbeth's demeanor declines, along with the interpretation of the blood image. Blood is then viewed as a symbol for treachery, bloodshed, and various forms of guilt. The first reference to blood is one of honor, and occurs when Duncan sees the injured captain and says, "What bloody man is that"(I.ii.1)? This mention of blood is symbolic of honor because the brave fighter has been injured in a glorious and ardent battle for his country.
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.
Importance of Blood in Macbeth In Shakespeare's tragic play Macbeth, the symbol of blood is an important device. The fundamental physical notion of blood is a stark sign of illness or mishap that all humans must share. Within Macbeth the imagery of blood is used over and over again and it is developed by Shakespeare until it becomes not only a dominating theme but wholly integrated within the plot. Perhaps the best way to show how the symbol of blood changes throughout the play is to follow the character changes in Macbeth. First he is a brave honored soldier, but as the play progresses acknowledged and trusted by his king, he becomes a treacherous person who has become identified with death and bloodshed, and ends up killing Duncan who put so much trust in him.
Imagery in Macbeth Shakespeare uses a variety of techniques in order to add depth and the underlying subtext within his plays. 'Macbeth' is no exception, he uses the stark imagery of clothing, the sickening physicality of blood and the concept of darkness to communicate a number of themes. In turn this conveys important symbols that can be found within the play. Within 'Macbeth' the imagery of clothing portrays how Macbeth is seeking to hide his "disgraceful self" from his own eyes and those around him. Shakespeare wants to keep alive the ironical contrast between the wretched creature that Macbeth really is, and the disguises he assumes to conceal the fact.
But it is Bloom’s provocative remark, "Shakespeare invented us," that stretches us beyond our conditioned response to the plays and invites us to define a new relationship with Shakespeare. Bloom argues that Shakespeare so interpenetrates our consciousness and our cultural existence that we do not know the boundary between him and us. One suspects that we are receptive to Bloom’s idea because of the mysterious ambivalence of Shakespeare himself. Shakespeare’s elusive self, the stuff of Keats’s Negative Capability, may indeed be found in his 100 major characters and hundreds of minor personages dispersed through his histories, comedies, and tragedies. Bloom, however, takes Shakespeare and his characters out of dramatic con... ... middle of paper ... ...al world of Elizabethan England—essential to an understanding of Shakespeare’s history plays can easily be lost if we regard the characters as existing beyond their origins.