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Blood is essential to every human beings survival It is a fluid circulating throughout the body that carries nutrients and oxygen to the tissues in exchange for life and if this was somehow lost then the life would also be lost No matter what caused the loss of blood if it were jealousy revenge guilt or treachery the life would still be forfeit In Macbeth there are many symbolic gestures towards blood which ultimately develop into the main dominating theme of the play In the beginning of the play blood is symbolized for MacBeths honor and courage half way through the play blood symbolizes treachery and treason and towards the end of the play blood symbolizes the guilt and grief of both MacBeth and Lady MacBeth Bloodshed also gives one power and with power there comes great responsibility Macbeth is a play stained in blood that has many symbolic measures to it The first reference of blood is one of honor and occurs when Duncan sees the injured sergeant and says What bloody man is thatAct 1 Sc 2 line 1 This is symbolic of the brave fighter who has been injured in a valiant battle for his country In the next passage in which the sergeant says Which smokd with bloody executionAct 1 Sc 2 line 18 he is referring to Macbeths braveness in which his sword is covered in the hot blood of the enemy Blood is used in these passages to identify honor and courage it separates the good from the bad and it also gives the reader a view of how the shedding of blood will be used often to identify certain characteristics After these few references to honor the symbol of blood changes to show a theme of treachery and treason Lady Macbeth starts this off when she asks the spirits to make thick my bloodAct 1 Sc 5 line 43 What she is saying by this
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