Macbeth Blood Imagery

Macbeth Blood Imagery

English 10/10
Professor Fullmer
Whitney Diederich

Blood in Macbeth
In the play, “Macbeth” blood can be used in a very imagery way. Researching blood in this blood and researching online I figured out that Blood is used to develop the character Macbeth. Throughout the whole play, “blood” changes its meaning and it used to make the play more dramatic and evolve it more. Blood has many different meanings in the play Macbeth and in the end it shows what it’s real meaning is truly about. The way that I realized how much blood changes in its image is to watch how Macbeth grows and changes. As he grows throughout the play he goes through things that change the meaning of blood.

At first, Macbeth is shown as a courageous man and blood is defined as a brave soldier and that shedding of blood was a good thing and not something to be ashamed of. At the beginning of the play Duncan sees an injured sergeant and at first says,
“What bloody man is that?”
Once Macbeth and his army defeat the Macdonwald’s army an injured sergeant comes into the scene. He explains the battle and how Macbeth fought bravely and fearlessly. He says, and I quote,
“For brave Macbeth well he deserves that name,
Disdaining fortunes, with his brandish’d steel
Which smok’d with bloody execution
Like valor’s minion carv’d out his passage.”
Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 19-22.
Blood is used as an image of bravery and fearlessness is these couple lines. He says with bloody execution. I don’t think he is literally meaning that blood was everywhere like an execution. But I feel that this symbolizes that he did it with excellence and defeated the other army an amazing integrity and nobleness. He did everything he was suppose to do and was being honored for it.

After the play projects blood as an honorable thing, the play gives a twist to it and changes the theme of blood to something being evil and of something of the devil. Lady Macbeth is brought into the play and...

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