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The involvement of the theme of blood in Shakespear's play Macbeth

Leyah Mooneyham

on 10 January 2013

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The symbolism of blood ACT 1 ACT 2 ACT 3 ACT 4 "What bloody man is that?"-King Duncan(1.2.1)
King Duncan asks about a sergeant. The sergeant then tells of Macbeth's victories over Macdonalwald and the king of Norway. This connects to the theme of blood because the sergeant has lost so much blood and is weak. Thus, his heroism seem to enhance Macbeth being seen as a hero. "Come, you spirits That tend to mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from crown to toe top-full Of direst cruelty! make thick my blood..."-Lady Macbeth(1.5.43-44)
In this Lady Macbeth calls upon the spirits to make her not women, so that she will be able to kill King Duncan and fill no remorse in doing it. "I see thee still.And on the Dugeon gouts of blood. which was no so before."(2.1.47-49)
In this, Macbeth sees a hallucination of a dagger. This he realizes is because of the murder, his "Bloody Bisness" , he is about to commit. "Will all the great Neptune's ocean wash this blood/ Clean from my hand?"(2.2.57-60)
As Lady Macbeth goes to the king's chambers to return the daggers Macbeth asks himself if water will wash away his sin. "Will all the great Neptune's ocean was this blood/ Clean from my hand?"(2.2.57-60)
As Lady Macbeth goes to the king's chambers to return the daggers Macbeth asks himself if water will wash away his sin. "A little water will clean us of this deed."(2.2.64)
Lady Macbeth says this to Macbeth as she takes him to wash his hands. This of course is ironic later in the play as Lady Macbeth goes mad trying to wash blood off her hands that is a hallucination of her own concencience. ACT 5 CONCLUSION "The spring, the head, the fountain of your blood/Is stopp'd;the very source of it is stopp'd"(2.3.98-99)
Macbeth is telling Malcom and Donalbain of thier father's death. Then Lennox sates that it appears that the king was murdered by the grooms because "Thier hands and faces were all badged with blood."(2.3.102) Then Macbeth tries to justify Duncan's murder by saying "Here lay Duncan./ His silver skin laced with his golden blood."(2.3.112) "the near in blood./ The nearer bloody."(2.3.140-141)
Donalbain says this to his brother stating that he thinks that they are in danger. " Ah, good father,/ Thou seest, the heavens are troubled with man's act/Threaten his bloody stage."(2.4.4-6) Ross says this to an old man on the dark day after Duncan's death. This suggests the heaven's are angry and the "stage", the earth were humans play out thier existence is bloody. "It's known who did this more than bloody deed?" Ross asks this of Macbeth. Who has done this unnatural deed? "our bloody cousins."(3.1.29) Macbeth talks of Duncan's sons like this to Banquo in order to emphasis thier guit. "With thy bloody and invisable hand / Cancel and tear to pieces that great bond / which keeps me pale!"(3.2.48-50) Macbeth says this because he belives that once Banquo is dead he will no longer be fearful and pale and his blood will return to his face. "There's blood on thy face."(3.4.13) Macbeth says this to the murderer and the murderer proclaims proudly that it is Banquo's blood, and that he left him with " twenty trenched gashes on his head."(3.4.26) "Thou canst say I did it;never shake /thy gory locks at me.(3.4.49-50)Macbeth says this as he is startled when Banquo's gost appears at the party. Macbeth then trys to tell himself it is not his fault by saying "Blood hath been shed ere now, i' the olden time,/ Ere human statute purged the gentle weal."(3.4.74-75) This suggests men have been killing men for a long time,since before there were laws against it. Then the ghost re-appears and Macbeth tries to scare it away with words "Avaunt! and quit my sight! let the earth hide thee!/ Thy bones are marrowless, thy blood is cold!(3.4.92-94)Macbeth is making sure that the ghost knows it is dead. Then the ghost leaves. Then Macbeth wonders how everyone can remain calm while seeing a ghost while he is fearful"you can behold such sights,/and keep the natural ruby of your cheeks,/while mine are blanched with fear."(3.4.113-115) "they say,blood will have blood."(3.4.121)Macbeth says this as a reflection, stating a murder victim will seek out thier killer, so a murderer will always be discovered, and that all the things around him have already told his secret. "in blood,/ stepp'd in so far that,should I wade no more,/Returning were as tedious go o' er."(3.4.135-137) Macbeth says this as his reason for determination to see things trough till the end. "we may again, / Give our tables meat, sleep to our nights, / Free from our feasts and banquets bloody knives."(3.6.33-35) Macduff says this because he wants Macbeth dead amd Malcom to be king. Macduff believes that Macbeth's murder will bring peace to Scotland. The witches use many ingredients in their stew including "baboon's blood" and "sow's blood" As the apparitions appear to Macbeth, one is a bloody child that tells Macbeth to "Be bloody,bold,and resolute;laugh to scorn/ The power of man, for none of woman born/Shall harm Macbeth(4.1.79-81) Then a parade of eight kings, led by Banquo, is shown to Macbeth, to which he responds as thus "the blood bolter'd Banquo smiles upon me,/And points at them for his"(4.1.123-124) "He away,has kill'd me mother:/Run I pray you!"(4.2.85) Macduff's son says this as he is being murdered by an assasin to his mother. Although blood is not mentioned, it is seen. "Bleed,bleed poor country!"(4.3.30) Macduff says this as a cry out to Scotland when he is sure that Malcolm does not support him in his battle against Macbeth. Malcolm then says "I think our country sinks beneath the yoke;/It weeps, it bleeds; ,and each new day a gash,/ Is added to her wounds"(4.3.39-41) He says this to reassure Macduff that all is not lost, and that he loves Scotland too. Malcolm then tests Macduff's honor by saying a lie of himself, of Macbeth he says "I grant him bloody, / Luxurious, avaricious,false, deceitful, /Sudden, malicious, smacking of every sin /That has a name. (4.3.57-60) Then he goes on and on about how he will be a worse king. This drives Macduff to despair, and he says this of Scotland as a "nation miserable, / With an untitled tyrant bloody-septer'd."(4.3.103-104) and that thier is a worse king to come of Scotland, Malcolm. This of course is what Malcolm wanted, it shows Macduff's honor to his country. "Out, damned spot!out, I say!--One:why, then, 'tis timt to do't--Hell is murky!--Fie my lord, fie!a solider, and afeared? What need we fear who knows it,when none can call our power to account?--Yet who would have thought the old man to have so much blood in him?(5.1.35-40) Lady Macbeth says this as she is sleep walking, trying to "wash away" Duncan's blood off her hands. This is her conscience eating away at her sanity because of her own guilt. Lennox says "Or so much as it needs,/ To dew the sovereign flower and drown the weeds,/Make we are march twards Birnam."(5.2.29-31)The sovereign flower is making Malcolm's power grow, and the weeds are e blood of soliders.Macbeth and his men that will be drowned in the blood of soldiers. "Go prick thy face, and over-red thy fear/ Though lily-liver'd boy!"(5.3.14-15) Macbeth mocks a frightened servant telling him of the attack coming. Macbeth means that the only way that the boy can look courageous is if he pricks his face and makes it bleed. He also means that the boy's liver(courage) is as white(fearful) as a lily. "Make all our trumpets speak; give them all breath, /Those clamorous harbingers of blood and death(5.6.9-10) Macduff calls out the battle-charge. This means the trumpets are forshadowing the blood and death about to commence. "Whiles I see lives the gashes/ Do better upon them."(5.8.2-3) Macbeth says this in determination, even though he knows he is in an impossiable situation. He likes to see the blood flow. "Turn hell-hound, turn!"(5.8.3) Macduff says this as he challenges Macbeth. Macbeth then responds "Of all men else I have avoided thee:/But get thee back; my soul is too much charged/With blood of thine."(5.8.5-7) Macbeth means that his conscience is too full with the murders of Macduff's family, and that he does not wish to spill Macduff's blood. Macduff responds "My voice is in my sword, thou bloodier villin/ Than terms can give thee out!"(5.8.7-8) In this Macduff means he will let his sword do the talking. Again, blood is not mentioned, but it is shown in the death of Macbeth and when Macduff carries Macbeth's head on a stick. Blood is an important theme throughout the play of Macbeth. It not only is shown directly through deaths and images, but also indirectly as what the audience feels, as well as the defeat of many. Macbeth's use of the daggers for murder in the begging, leads to Macbeth's own murder in the end. Reference-macbeth navigation, youtube BY the
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and Emily Bennett ACT 1 (continued) ACT 2 (continued) ACT 3
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