After that, Shakespeare exploits blood as a symbol, takes place in Act 2, when Macbeth is preparing to kill Duncan. He imagines a dagger, a bloody dagger at that, pointing towards Duncan's room. Macbeth describes it "And on thy blade and dudgeon gouts of blood, which was not so before...It is the bloody business which now informs thus to mine eyes." (Act 2, Scene ii, 55-58). In this scene, the blood foreshadows, that Macbeth is about to kill Duncan.
One of the main characters, Macbeth, is involved in many bloody murders. Lady Macbeth is behind many of the murders and convinces Macbeth to kill the king. The more people Macbeth kills the more guilt he feels and is built up inside him. In Macbeth, William Shakespeare uses blood to symbolize the guilt the characters feel after murder. An example of blood as a symbol of guilt is when Macbeth kills King Duncan.
Macbeth also says, “give to th’edge o’th’sword his wife, his babes and all unfortunate souls.”(Shakespeare 107). Macbeth is now making rash decisions to kill a whole group of people without giving it a second thought. This shows a decay of emotions and guilt. So blood shows the decay of Macbeth taking place. In the beginning Shakespeare talks about bloodshed for the country and war.
One assumes that Macbeth is bloody just like the soldier. The soldier describes Macbeth in action “Disdaining Fortune, with his brandished steel, / Which smoked with bloody execution.” (I,ii,17-18) This line connects Macbeth with killing, and hints at the future. The evil deed of murdering the king becomes too much of a burden on the Macbeths. The blood represents their crime, and they can not escape the sin of their actions. Macbeth realizes that in time he would get what he deserves.
The Bloody Theme of Macbeth William Shakespeare, the author of the play, Macbeth, is a classic tale of power, murder, and the guilt that follows such bloody deeds. Throughout the entire tragedy, the theme of blood is in the many murders, violent scenes, guilty pleasures, and the power hungry people, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Shakespeare excellently portrays Macbeth’s and his wife’s desire for power and destruction when they cause horrible events to occur. Macbeth’s guilt from his bloody deeds begins with the influence of the witches and Lady Macbeth, becomes more intense with multiple murders, and ends in overwhelming guilt that symbolizes the blood that Macbeth and his wife cannot escape. First of all, the Three Witches influence Macbeth’s ambition for power with their prophecies.
43) foreshadows 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." (II. ii.
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 changes are characterized by the symbolism in the blood he sheds. As these images of blood occur frequently, they often portray the horror of the central action, Duncan’s murder. The brilliant images of blood and water also symbolize the unrelenting guilt of the two protagonists, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. The blood and water represents their inability to erase the memory of Duncan’s murder. The blood of King Duncan clings to their hands and makes them unable to forget the repulsive crimes they committed.
It is apparent when it first introduces Macbeth to readers as a noble thane. The development progresses when blood is described as un-washable on Macbeth’s hands. It is obvious that it has changed him after he commits more and more murders. Blood imagery shows him to become the antagonist of the play. Finally, in the end, before his death, blood imagery shows Macbeth’s full development as a disloyal and morally wrong tyrant.
Macbeth and Banquo near the begging of the play are visited by the three witches who tell Macbeth a prophesy of his own and Banquo a prophesy of his own. Throughout Shakespeare’s play ‘Macbeth’, the recurring imagery of blood is used as a symbol to demonstrate the constant feelings of guilt felt by the characters, ultimately leading to their endless feelings of fear and horror. Guilt Point: Near the begging of the play Macbeth is described as a hero even in his darkest moments. Macbeth with the encouragement of Lady Macbeth kills King Duncan in order to become king. Macbeth feels somewhat guilty for his actions as his hands are covered in the kings blood.