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William Shakespeare uses numerous methods to rouse the anxiety and thrill in his plays In the tragedy of MacBeth Shakespeare utilizes blood imagery to add a fearful sense of guilt insanity shame and anger to the play The blood imagery enables the audience to envision the horrible scene where Duncan was ruthlessly murdered and also the scene where Lady MacBeth attempts to rid her mind of the guilt of her actions The sight and talk of blood has a profound impact on the depth and strength of the use of blood imagery The first referral to blood is one of honor and takes place when Duncan sees the hurt sergeant and says What bloody man is that121 This is representative of the valiant soldier who was injured in a battle for his country In the following passage the sergeant says Which smoked with bloody execution1218 he is alluding to Macbeths bravery where his sword is soaked in the blood of his enemy After the references about honor the symbol of blood alters to show a subject of treason and treachery Lady Macbeth begins this when she gives her famous unsex me speech demanding the spirits to make thick my blood1543 What she means by this is that she wants to make herself heartless and merciless for the actions which she is about to be apart of Lady Macbeth knows that the blood she smears on the servants faces will deflect the guilt from her and Macbeth to the servants The clearest use blood imagery is the guilt theme First Macbeth implies at his guilt when he speaks Will all great Neptunes ocean wash this blood clean from my hand2259-60 He meant that he doubted he would ever forget the horrible deed that he had committed Then the apparition of Banquo bloody and gory comes to disturb Macbeth at the banquet The spectacle of ghost symbolizes his guilt in the death of Banquo that
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