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The Many Meanings of Blood Blood is known to everyone to represent life death and often injury Blood is an essential part of life and without blood we could not live Because of Shakespeares use of the symbol of blood to represent treason murder and death in his play Macbeth it is easily understood and fits in perfectly with the ideas we have of blood Blood is a dramatic symbol in the play Macbeth At the beginning of the play after Macbeth and the Scottish army defeated the rebel Macdonwalds army a bleeding sergeant comes on stage The sergeant then proceeds to describe the battle and how bravely Macbeth and his friend Banquo fought For brave Macbeth-well he deserves that name- Disdaining fortune with his brandishd steel Which smokd with bloody execution Like valors minion carvd out his passage Act I Scene 2 Lines 19-21 Blood is symbolic of bravery and courage in this passage In Shakespeares time and in this play blood shed for a noble cause is accepted and considered honorable However Macbeths character changes throughout the play are characterized by the symbolism in the blood he sheds Before Duncans murder Macbeth imagines seeing a dagger floating in the air before him He describes it And on thy blade and dudgeon gouts of blood Which was not so before Theres no such thing It is the bloody business which informs Thus to mine eyes The blood imagery in this passage obviously refers to treason ambition and murder This is a stark contrast to what blood meant earlier in the play Blood once seen as a positive value is now associated with evil This imagery also shows the beginning of Macbeths character transformation from a personage of nobility honesty and bravery to that of treachery deceit and evil Lady Macbeth shows the most distinct example of guilt using the symbol of blood is the scene in which she
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