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The Symbolism of the Imagery of Blood In Macbeth and its Change Throughout the Play Imagery is any piece of language that makes the reader form a mental picture or image Shakespeares plays are always interesting for the richness of their imagery and Macbeth in particular has numerous vivid examples Macbeth is also particularly rich in repeated images Shakespeare returns again and again to an idea that he has introduced One major repeated image of the play is Blood Also the meaning of the image of blood changes throughout the play from first being associated with honor and changes to the murder of Duncan and guilt then evil and then finally back to its original meaning In Macbeth there are more then 100 references to blood in the play This emphasizes the violent and dark nature of the murders and of the play in general and it also shows Macbeths own character At first blood is associated with honor and with Macbeths bravery in battle with his brandished steel that smoked with bloody execution Iii18-19 This is how things normal are at the time of Macbeth blood is usually connected with battle bravery and honor Later on after Macbeth kills Duncan the meaning of blood begins to change In Act II Scene ii after Macbeth kills Duncan Macbeths hands are covered in blood and later on Lady Macbeths Macbeth reacts to the blood very differently then Lady Macbeth Macbeth sees the blood as the symbol of his action and as the symbol of his guilt Macbeth cannot believe what he has done and is in shock What hands are here Ha they pluck out mine eyes Will all great Neptunes ocean wash this blood clean from my hands No this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine making the green on red IIii59-63 What Macbeth is saying is that nothing shall free him of this murder and of his guilt He
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