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Macbeth In the play Macbeth a symbol of blood is portrayed often and with different meanings and it is a symbol that is developed until it is the commanding theme of the play towards its end The word blood or different forms of it is mentioned forty-two times with several other passages dealing with the symbol To follow the character changes in Macbeth is the best way to show how the symbol of blood changes throughout the play First he is a brave honored soldier but as the play advances he becomes a treasonous person who has become identified with death and bloodshed and shows his guilt in different forms The first reference to blood is one of glory and occurs when Duncan sees the injured sergeant and says What bloody man is that This is symbolic of the chivalrous fighter who been injured in a gallant battle for his country In the next passage in which the sergeant says Which smokd with bloody execution he is referring to Macbeths stalwartness in which his sword is covered in the blood of the enemy After these few references to honor the symbol of blood now changes to show a theme of deception 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 When Banquo states and question this most bloody piece of work and Ross
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