Essay title: The Imagery of Blood in Macbeth
Shakespeare has many good examples of imagery, especially blood. The playopens with the weird sisters talking about meeting again and talking aboutMacBeth. A war has just ended, making MacBeth a Brave hero because he isthe general of the Scottish army and they won.
MacBeth is the thane ofGlamis, and then becomes the Thane of Cawdor. The weird sisters makemany predictions to Macbeth, all of which come true. MacBeth makes the lastprediction come true by killing King Duncan. The imagery of blood is veryimportant in 'MacBeth'. It symbolizes honor and bravery and also deceit andevil.
In the beginning of the play blood is something of honor and bravery andsymbolizes good and victory. The blood on MacBeth's sword after the warshows him to be a brave hero because of the enemy he killed. He is known as"Brave MacBeth" to everyone including King Duncan. His bravery earns himthe title of Thane of Cawdor, because the thane of Cawdor was executed fortreason.
The blood at the beginning of the play earns MacBeth respect and atitle. MacBeth is feeling very guilty about the murder of King Duncan andBanquo. " With all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from myhand? No, this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas in carnadine, makingthe green one red", shows the great guilt that blood represents at this point inthe play. What MacBeth means is that with all of the water in the ocean couldnot wash his hands clean from the deed he has just done. If he where to tryand wash his hands in the ocean it would turn it red because there is so muchblood on his hands.
Not only does MacBeth feel guilty about the Murder ofKing Duncan but he also feels very guilty about the murder of Banquo. Hesees Banquo's ghost and his bloody head. Blood represents a lot of guilt for