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Macbeth Essay I am going to prove that in the play Macbeth a symbol of blood is portrayed oftenand with different meanings and that it is a symbol that is developed until it is the dominating theme of the play towards the end of it To begin with I found the word blood or different forms of it forty-two times ironically the word fear is used forty-two times with several other passages dealing with the symbol Perhaps the best way to show how the symbol of blood changes throughout the play is to follow the character changes in Macbeth First he is a brave honoured soldier but as the play progresses he becomes a treacherous person who has become identified with death and bloodshed and shows his guilt in different forms The first reference of blood is one of honour and occurs when Duncan sees the injured sergeant and says What bloody man is that This is symbolic of the brave fighter who been injured in a valiant battle for his country In the next passage in which the sergeant says Which smokd with bloody execution he is referring to Macbeths braveness in which his sword is covered in the hot blood of the enemy After these few references to honour the symbol of blood now changes to show a theme of treachery and treason Lady Macbeth starts this off when she asks the spirits to make thick my blood What she is saying by this is that she wants to make herself insensitive and remorseless for the deeds which she is about to commit Lady Macbeth knows that the evidence of blood is a treacherous symbol and knows it will deflect the guilt from her and Macbeth to the servants when she says smear the sleepy grooms with blood and If he do bleed Ill gild the faces of the grooms withal for it must seem their guilt
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