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The Many Meanings of Blood Blood is a very essential fluid in the human body It has been called the river of life which clearly emphasizes its importance in nature In The Tragedy of Macbeth blood emerges in the text from scene to scene William Shakespeare uses the image of blood to evoke the horror of the play In addition it represents other factors such as guilt and death Yet the imagery of blood does not remain constant throughout the entire story Its symbolic meaning varies from beginning to end Unlike its connotations in the latter part of the story it once symbolized positively during Macbeths battle against Macdonwald In Act I Scene 2 a bleeding captain reported to King Duncan on the progress of the fight The description of the battle included gory details of Macbeths actions His murder of Macdonwald involved blood by splitting him open from the navel to the jaws which was a horrific event By specifying that his sword was smoked with bloody execution I ii 18 Shakespeare added a dramatic effect to the play Although Macbeths actions were excessive in that bloody battle he fought for a noble cause Because of that he earned recognition for his courage and noble heroism Only in this instance did any occurrence of blood benefit Macbeth In contrast with valor and intrepidity the symbolic meaning of blood changes in Act II Scene 1 Prior to murdering King Duncan Macbeth envisions a dagger drenched in blood floating in midair utters Is this a dagger which I see before me And on thy blade and dudgeon gouts of blood II i 33-46 Blood here acts as a symbol of treason and murder whereas it once held a positive value is now associated with evilness and wrongdoing Macbeths character flaws begin to surface during this episode His nobility and bravery shifts to deceit disloyalty and treachery After Macbeth murders King Duncan he is troubled by his
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