The symbol of blood was now used to show deceit and betrayal. Lady Macbeth starts this off... ... middle of paper ... ... army. He and Macduff confront and battle. In Act 5 Scene viii, Macbeth says "...my soul is too much charged with blood of thine already." And Macduff replies and says, "I have no words.
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's success in combat is also represented by blood, "For Brave Macbeth (well he deserves that name), / Disdaining Fortune, with his brandished steel, / Which smoked with bloody execution" (1.2.18-20). This blood gives Macbeth a new title and respect. Shakespeare has blood, a customary sign of death and conflict, create an atmosphere of honor and success. Contrary to a representation of honor, Shakespeare creates images of blood to symbolize betrayal. Blood on the dagger Macbeth uses to kill Duncan represents the treachery to the king.
His speech implies that he is greatly troubled by his actions, creating a sense of insanity. However, if he truly feels remorse, his later response, “I am in blood/ Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more,/ Returning were as tedious as go o’er” (3.4.136-139), would be counterintuitive. If a person feels as Macbeth had claimed, then they would not talk about killing more. Macbeth makes it seem like he does not care, and since he already started killing, he might as well continue. Initially, Lady Macbeth’s thinking, at the start of the play, is one murder and to be done with it.
These feelings of remorse and obscurity contrast to the honor and valor bloodshed was considered as before. Now that he has murdered a king for his own ambition to be a king—instead of protecting others—the blood that he was willing to shed changes. Lady Macbeth took the commanding role for them to achieve power as she convinces Macbeth to slay the king and planned out the entire act. Once the act is done, Shakespeare uses the image of blood to symbolizes the guilt that Macbeth feels. He cries over how he will never be able to wash the blood off of his hands—not even the vast ocean could wash away his sins.
He thinks about what he has to do and what is going to happen. What he is going to do is going to be very bloody and he thinks about the blood. In act two, scene 1 Macbeth says “Mine eyes are made the fools o’ the other senses,/ or else worth all the rest: I see thee still;/ and on thy blade and dungeon the gouts of blood,/ which was not so before. There’s no such thing” (44-47). Macbeth is constantly thinking about the murder and the gouts of blood symbolizes his guilt.
Later Macduff finds out that his family was murdered and has a fight to the death with Macbeth. Quote: Macduff, “I have no words. / My voice is in my sword, thou bloodier villain / than terms can give thee out!” (107) Explanation: This is a representation of the horror and violence Shakespeare had obtained through using blood imagery. This shows that Macduff believes Macbeth doesn’t deserve his words but instead his sword. At the end of the battle Macduff come out the battle victorious with Macbeth’s head.
The image of blood plays an important role throughout Macbeth. Blood represents the murders that Macbeth had committed, the guilt that went along with the murders and the pain that it brought on him during his downfall. The soldier describes the violence and bloodshed, in the war between Scotland and Norway, "Except they meant to bathe in reeking wounds." (I. ii. 43) foreshadows the violent nature of the play filled with murder, guilt and pain.
Hamlet greatly disapproves of the hasty marriage and suspects foul play. His suspicions are confirmed when the ghost of his father appears and tells him that Claudius murdered him. Hamlet’s father asks him to take revenge upon Claudius, and soon everything takes a drastic change. The courses of revenge throughout Hamlet surround each character with corruption, obsession, and fatality. Throughout Hamlet, Shakespeare uses the characters’ revenge
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.