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I am going to prove that in the play Macbeth a symbol ofblood is portrayed oftenand with different meanings and thatit is a symbol that is developed until it is the dominating themeTo begin with I found the word blood or different formsof it forty-two times ironically the word fear is usedforty-two times with several other passages dealing with thesymbol Perhaps the best way to show how the symbol of bloodchanges throughout the play is to follow the character changesin Macbeth First he is a brave honoured soldier but as theplay progresses he becomes a treacherous person who has becomeidentified with death and bloodshed and shows his guilt inThe first reference of blood is one of honour and occurswhen Duncan sees the injured sergeant and says What bloody manis that This is symbolic of the brave fighter who beeninjured in a valiant battle for his country In the nextpassage in which the sergeant says Which smokd with bloodyexecution he is referring to Macbeths braveness in which hissword is covered in the hot blood of the enemy After these few references to honour the symbol of bloodnow changes to show a theme of treachery and treason LadyMacbeth starts this off when she asks the spirits to make thickmy blood What she is saying by this is that she wants tomake herself insensitive and remorseless for the deeds which sheis about to commit Lady Macbeth knows that the evidence ofblood is a treacherous symbol and knows it will deflect theguilt from her and Macbeth to the servants when she says smearthe sleepy grooms with blood and If he do bleed Ill gildthe faces of the grooms withal for it must seem their guilt When Banquo states and question this most bloody piece of workand Ross says ist known who did this more than bloody deedthey are both inquiring as to who performed the treacherous actsupon Duncan When Macbeth is speaking about Malcolm andDonalbain he refers to them
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