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Blood imagery in Macbeth
Transcript of Blood imagery in Macbeth
Jalen Gubatan What is BLOOD? LET"S PLAY
"THE BLOODY GO ROUND" Quote #1 Justin Ng Quote #1 Macbeth: The Deeper Meaning of "Blood" Quote #2 And with thy bloody and invisible hand
Cancel and tear to pieces that great bond
Which keeps me pale! (Act III, Scene II, 55-57). Macbeth & "The Kite Runner" Imagery of blood constantly haunts their minds - Reflects the changes in Lady Macbeth and Macbeth's character Representation of Macbeth & Lady Macbeth's guilty conscience Quote #2 Macbeth & Frankenstein Quote #1 Quote #2 Macbeth & Society Quote #1 Quote #2 Macbeth & Bowling for Columbine Aleena Gill Priscilla Wu Jalen Gubatan Out, damned spot! Out, I say! One - two - why
A soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it,
when non can call our power to account? Yet who would
have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him? (Act V, Scene 1, 30-34). 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. THESIS Context & Meaning - Sleepwalking in Macbeth's castle - Sees blood that isn't there - Senses guilt and realizes the mistakes she has made, incapable
of rubbing the blood off her hands Back to the Thesis... - Made herself out to be a soldier; now afraid
- Going to a dark place This is a sorry sight. [Holding up his bloody hands.] (Act II, Scene 2, 27) Context & Meaning - Guilt overwhelms Macbeth after the
murder of Duncan - Blood on hands = Severity of the murder,
initiates feelings of guilt Back to the Thesis... Macbeth & Society - Everyone has felt guilt - Make mistakes that inflict guilt - Helps audience relate to
characters/understand how they feel Why did you bring these daggers from the place? They must lie there. Go carry them, and smear The sleepy grooms with blood (Act II, Scene II, 57-59). - Pg. 39 Context & Meaning Back to the Thesis... Blood hath been shed ere now, in the olden time, Ere humane statue purged the gentle weal.
Ay, and since too, murders have been performed Too terrible for the ear. The time has been,
That, when the brains were out, the man would die, And there an end! But now they rise again,
With twenty mortal murders on their crowns,
And push us from our stools. This is more strange
Than such a murder is (Act III, Scene IV, 90-98). Back to the Thesis... Context & Meaning Context & Meaning Back to the Thesis... Context & Meaning Back to the Thesis... Mine eyes are made the fools of the other senses, Or else worth all the rest. I see thee still,
And on thy blade and dudgeon gouts of blood, Which was not so before. There’s no such thing.
(Act II, Scene I, 54-57). Context & Meaning Back to the Thesis... Here’s the smell of the blood still.
All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.
Oh, oh, oh! (Act V, Scene I, 43-45). Context & Meaning Back to the Thesis... Macbeth & Frankenstein - Macbeth brings back evidence of the murder - Fear of suspicion - Lady Macbeth plans to frame the guards - Guilt in a difference sense - Fear of suspicion - Macbeth loses composure during a gathering - Rationalizing - Law against the dead "in olden time" - Banquo's bloody wounds make Macbeth feel guilty - Loss of composure; shows his fear and guilt Macbeth & Bowling for Columbine - Precautions to stay in power
- Macbeth murders those who threaten him
- Bowling for Columbine, people buy guns to protect themselves from guns - Obsessed by thoughts of murder -> hallucination
- "Dudgeon gouts of blood" -> guilt
- Foreshadows "bloodier" visions
- The strong imagery of blood in this scene demonstrates the inability to remove blood off his hands
- "All of great Neptune's ocean" emphasizes the degree of guilt within Macbeth as not even the roman god of oceans has the ability to wash away the blood and guilt from his hands
- Guilt will always remain to haunt Macbeth as the image of the crime will always remain in his conciousness, causing him to experience greater remorse and fear
- The permanent change of color from green to red in the seas indicate that the guilt within Macbeth is everlasting - Blood symbolizes the guilt within Macbeth after murdering King Duncan, causing him to experience eternal fear for the sinful crime he committed. - Macbeth is obligated to conceal his thoughts and feelings of guilt to prevent further suspiciousness among other characters
- Oxymoron of “bloody and invisible hand” also demonstrates a contrast between appearance versus reality by comparing guilt and innocence
- Strong imagery of blood on Macbeth’s hand symbolizes guilt by showing the level of cruelty
- Invisible hand is a representation of hiding the thoughts and feelings of guilt Blood imagery is used to emphasize guilt due to the cruelty of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s crimes as they attempt to hide their constant fear and remorse from their sinful crimes Macbeth & "The Kite Runner" - Novel revolves around the civil war between Afghanistan and the Taliban
- Amir (Protagonist) commits many mistakes in which he constantly feels guilty about
- Betrays his best friend Hassan due to jealousy, similar to Macbeth’s betrayal to Banquo
- Blood stains from Hassan’s pants reminds Amir of his mistake, causing him to feel guilty
- Kite Runner = Triumph
- Macbeth = Tragedy - More blood, more guilt - Haunted by an unforgivable sin -> endless fear and horror - Lady Macbeth is incapable of washing away her
"bloody guilt" - Full of remorse & resentment - "Smell" of the guilty & shameful blood will never
be "sweetened" - Forever cursed by the "smell of the blood" - Drowned in immense guilt -> haunted with fear and horror What hands are here? Ha! They pluck out mine eyes!
Will all great Neptune’s ocean Wash this blood
Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather
The multitudinous seas incarnadine,
Making the green one red (Act II, Scene II, 72-75). Macbeth's guilt and realization causes him to fear the consequences that he may face and other negative things that may come due to his actions - Consumed by their ambitions - Mistakes -> consequences -> guilt - Both stories result in a tragedy