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The Imagery and Symbolism in Macbeth With its eye-opening plot and interesting cast of characters William Shakespeares play Macbeth is one of the greatest works one could ever read But above all the aspect of the play is most impressive and overwhelming with imagery and symbolism that Shakespeare so brilliantly uses Throughout the play the author depicts various types of imagery and symbolism instances that eventually lead to the downfall of the main character Macbeth Instances of imagery and symbolism are seen throughout the play Imagery and symbolism are unavoidable features in William Shakespeares Macbeth One of the most prominent symbolic factors in the play is the presence of blood It has been noted that the presence of blood increases the feelings or fear horror and pain Spurgeon Pg 20 From the appearance of the bloody sergeant in the second scene of the to the very last scene there is a continued vision of blood all throughout the play The imagery of blood seems to affect almost all the characters in the play It affects Lady Macbeth in the scene in which she is found sleepwalking talking to herself after the murders of Duncan and Banquo Heres the smell of the blood still All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand V i 50-1 Also the blood imagery is present in the weird sisters or witches Most evidently it is present in act four scene one when Macbeth visits the witches to seek their insight and his fortune for the future He is shown three apparitions one of which is a bloody child that commands him to Be bloody bold and resolute laugh to scorn IV i 79 Although blood imagery deals with almost all the characters of the play no where is it more profound than with the protagonist himself
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