The Significance of Blood in Macbeth by Shakespeare

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Macbeth is a play that depicts the rise and fall of a man. Macbeth, a loyal servant of the king, gets ideas of dethroning the king from mischievous witches. The idea of becoming king ends up being the beginning of his downfall after his short rise. In Shakespeare’s tragedy of Macbeth , the meaning of blood changes from being used to describe a person as heroic and manly, to being insane, and then to being blood-thirsty and evil.

In the beginning of the play, Macbeth is described as a heroic and manly person because of his actions that resulted in a vast amount of blood. A captain under King Duncan’s rule describes Macbeth’s action in his monologue:
“For brave Macbeth--well he deserves that name--
Disdaining fortune, with his brandish'd steel,
Which smoked with bloody execution,
Like valour's minion carved out his passage
Till he faced the slave;
Which ne'er shook hands, nor bade farewell to him,
Till he unseam'd him from the nave to the chaps,
And fix'd his head upon our battlements” (1.2.16 - 23).
The captain is describing Macbeth as “brave” because of the way he executed the enemy. Macbeth
“ne’er shook hands, nor forbade farewell to him,” or, in other words, did not hesitate to kill his enemy. This action, although it may seem cruel to the victim, is being praised as a heroic on to the king. To King Duncan, it meant that this man, Macbeth, is loyal and honorable by bringing home the victory. Macbeth, at this early time of the play, is being portrayed as a heroic and good man. Taking place around the Medieval times, men are dominant over women. In order for hard-to-complete actions to be done right, it had to be done by a man. Lady Macbeth wanted her husband to take over the thrown. She could not do it herself becaus...

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...ective that is describing Macbeth is awful. For example, Macbeth being bloody means that he is blood-thirsty and is willing to kill anyone gets into his way. Macbeth has become the opposite of what he used to be. He is much more confident and fearless as he says, “Bring me no more reports. Let them fly all. / Till Birnam Wood remove to Dunsinane / I cannot taint with fear” (5.3.1 - 3). He is not afraid of anything that can happen. This willingness to do what it takes and his fearless actions makes Macbeth evil.

The rise and fall of Macbeth is parallel to the meaning of blood. First seen as heroic, Macbeth quickly becomes insane before becoming evil. Blood flows throughout the whole body; it is not seen until someone exposes it. Macbeth’s true personality is exposed after all he kills all these people. In other words, Macbeth can be shortened into one word, blood.

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