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Figurative Language in Shakespeares Macbeth Macbeth the play of a greedy man who achieves his goals through treachery and murder is filled with figurative language Its author William Shakespeare used imagery such as light and clothing to interpret the characters or themes He also repeated several words as motifs throughout the play A motif is a recurring theme in a story One of the main motifs that Shakespeare uses is the word blood Blood is used forty-five times in Macbeth It is used in many different ways with many different meanings In this play blood symbolizes murder guilt kinship and loyalty Blood is mostly associated with murder in Macbeth To become king Macbeth murders the ruling king Duncan This prompts Macduff to say O nation miserable with an untitled tyrant bloody-scepteredIViii Macbeth knows how deep in murder he is in Act 3 I am in blood steeped so far that should I wade no more returning were as tedious as go oer Of course blood was mentioned in the murder scene of Duncan and his guards Their hands and faces were all badged with bloodII iv The bloodiest use of the word was when Macbeth saw Banquos bloody ghost in Act 3 Never shake thy gory locks at me which describes the bloody murder of Mabeths ex-friend Another use of the blood motif can be symbolized as guilt After the murder of Duncan Macbeth and Lady Macbeth both have a moment of guilt Macbeth says Will all great Neptunes ocean wash this blood clean from my hand Then Lady Macbeth speaks Heres the smell of blood still all the perfumes of Arabia could not sweeten this little hand Both lines mean that Macbeth and his Lady can get niether the smell nor the stain of blood out of their hands This serves as a reminder of their crime making them feel guilty for what they have done Lady Macbeth also talks
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