The beginning of the play the blood symbolizes courage and respect. The first image of blood was on the sword of Macbeth after a victorious battle he had fought in, showing his nobleness and bravery. The constant vivid imagery of blood in “Macbeth” by Shakespeare is a more of a symbol than a theme. The blood represents Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s guilt manifesting into what leads them to their insanity. The role of blood in Macbeth evolves throughout the play. The word blood is first used by King Duncan “what bloody man is that?” (1.2.1) King Duncan is referring to Sergeant who is covered in blood from his heroic fighting in battle. Here blood represents strength and v...
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...dy ghost of Banquo is representing King Macbeth’s fear and guilt just like the bloody dagger before Macbeth killed King Duncan. Macbeth’s killing spree keeps going he has Macduff’s family murdered. Macbeth had learned that Macduff is not being loyal to him and is siding with Malcolm to inherit the throne which belongs to him by waging a war against Macbeth.
In conclusion Macbeth was a hero and turned into a tragic hero. Macbeth’s ambition to rule the kingdom drove him to repeat the spilling of blood of innocent people which was Macbeth’s demise. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth go insane because of all the blood images they are having. They had both built up so much guilt that their conscience couldn’t handle it.
Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Macbeth.” Reading Literature and Writing Argument. Boston: Pearson 6 edition. February 22, 2016. Page 268-330. Print
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