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I am going to prove that in the playMacbeth a symbol of blood is portrayed oftenand withdifferent meanings and that it is a symbol that is developeduntil it is the dominating theme of the play towards the end ofit To begin with I found the word blood or differentforms of it forty-two times ironically the word fear is usedforty-two times with several other passages dealing withthe symbol Perhaps the best way to show how the symbolof blood changes throughout the play is to follow thecharacter changes in Macbeth First he is a brave honouredsoldier but as the play progresses he becomes atreacherous person who has become identified with deathand bloodshed and shows his guilt in different forms Thefirst reference of blood is one of honour and occurs whenDuncan sees the injured sergeant and says What bloodyman is that This is symbolic of the brave fighter who beeninjured in a valiant battle for his country In the next passagein which the sergeant says Which smokd with bloodyexecution he is referring to Macbeths braveness in whichhis sword is covered in the hot blood of the enemy Afterthese few references to honour the symbol of blood nowchanges to show a theme of treachery and treason LadyMacbeth starts this off when she asks the spirits to makethick my blood What she is saying by this is that shewants to make herself insensitive and remorseless for thedeeds which she is about to commit Lady Macbeth knowsthat the evidence of blood is a treacherous symbol andknows it will deflect the guilt from her and Macbeth to theservants when she says smear the sleepy grooms withblood and If he do bleed Ill gild the faces of the groomswithal for it must seem their guilt When Banquo statesand question this most bloody piece of work and Rosssays ist known who did this more than bloody deed theyare both inquiring as to who performed the treacherous actsupon Duncan When Macbeth is speaking about Malcolmand
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