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Blood in Macbeth Every good play has a certain elements that make it stand out from the other plays An important one of these is the use of imagery involved Good use of imagery can make a play exceptional It plays a significant role in every play as it helps generating a sense of mood or atmosphere It also adds dramatic effects to the play In Macbeth blood plays an important role in changing the atmosphere from time to time Shakespeare uses the imagery of blood to represent treason guilt murder and death thus creating a mood in the play and adding dramatic effects to it as well But most importantly it symbolizes the guilt that sits like a permanent stain on the conscience of the Macbeths one that hounds them to their graves The word blood or different forms of it is mentioned often in the play Forty-two times to be exact Ironically the word fear also is used the same amount However the image of blood changes frequently throughout the play From bravery to malice from guilt to pride The first mention of blood is in Act I scene ii when King Duncan says What bloody man is that This is symbolizes a heroic warrior injured in a battle for his country against the Norwegians The sergeants reply Which smokd with bloody execution refers to Macbeths valor as he covers his sword in the hot blood of the enemy In this phase of the play blood corresponds to bravery and courage Things however change in due course of time The image of blood changes to treachery Lady Macbeth in a soliloquy in Act II scene ii says Make thick my blood She shows desires to become remorseless about the deeds she is about to commit Then again prior to Duncans murder Macbeth imagines seeing a dagger floating in the air before him And on thy blade and dudgeon gouts of blood
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