illustrates a time of fright and greediness in the play Macbeth. He creates a sign that will change the two main characters
attitude and practically he way they live life. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth both
have a weakness for blood and it initiates the change in attitude within the
play. The life of those who shed blood always gets blood back.
Blood, starts with the invaders and once Macbeth and Lady
Macbeth went on a killing journey, blood symbolizes their guilt, and they
believe that the blood on their hands is not washable. Shakespeare stated,
“Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood / Clean from my hand?” Macbeth
cries after he killed Duncan, as his wife complains and grumbles about it and
believe that water can wash away the sins. (2.2.58–59). After that Lady Macbeth
started to share the guilt with Macbeth: “Out, damned spot; out, I say who
would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?” she asks as she
wanders through the halls towards the end of the play (5.1.30–34). Blood
symbolizes the guilt that is a stain that isn’t washable on the consciences of
both and literally hunts them to death. It’s just like going into a house to
run from the rain but the water starts leaking through the roof.
Blood, the color and the smell are cruel to life. When blood
pops up in this play multiple teams it illustrates how brutal the outcome of
the actions that are displayed. The thing that’s almost more than the
importance of real blood is the imagined blood found through the scenes.
Imaginary blood represents guilt for Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, right after the
murder of Duncan their guilt begins to reveal. As their guilt grows, so does
the importance of the blood. The imaginary blood also shows how Macbeth and
Lady Macbeth both lose the path of what is real in their life. Lady Macbeth
cannot get the imagined blood off her hands neither can her husband. Their
guilt is consuming and inescapable. The imagined blood haunts both of them.
Eventually, imagined blood comes to symbolize guilt for both
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. After Macbeth murders Duncan, he believes that
“Great Neptune’s ocean” could not even wash away his guilt (2.2.78)
after Lady Macbeth’ tells him to “go get some water / And wash this filthy
witness” from his hands (2.2.60-61). Lady Macbeth spends most of the last
scenes seeing the imaginary “spot” of blood she can’t wash from her
guilty hands (5.1.33) Once he kills his friend Banquo, who returns as a ghost,
Macbeth says that “blood will have blood” (3.4.151). Macbeth dreams
about paddling in a pool of blood and that shows that once you kill then it
becomes a habit and a way of life. Basically, when he kills he won’t be able to
wash it off because he will kill again.
When Macbeth meets with the Thanes at a banquet, Banquo’s ghost
appears. Macbeth believes that the ghost
haunts him. Macbeth challenges “Thou
canst not say I did it: never shake / Thy gory looks at me” (3.4. 45). When
Banquo’s ghost comes into play it establish the guilty consciences of Macbeth.
Shakespeare also uses the blood symbol to illustrate Macbeth’s acceptance of
his guilt. He tells Lady Macbeth, “I am
in blood / Step’t in so far that, should I wade no more, / Returning were as
tedious as go o’er” (3.4. 48). This metaphor is the comparison of guilt to a
pool, Macbeth was paddling far in this pool and went so deep out that it would
just be easier to keep going rather than turning back to shore. Macbeths “no turning back now” attitude is
illustrated through the murder. Macbeth
feels that he is already guilty enough that he might as well accept it and keep
going with what he is doing. Macbeth’s
attitude reforms into a remorseful and scary guy to a stone-cold killer and
began to accept his actions.
The attitude changes from the murder is another reason that
blood is a good symbol because it changes the personality of the main
characters. She tells Macbeth, “My hands
are of your colour, but I shame / To wear a heart so white” (2.2. 24). Lady Macbeth tries to wash off the blood with
water, trying get rid of the guilt. Covered in blood, the dead guards explain
Macbeth’s cruelty. when Lady Macbeth
faints when she sees these symbols, she changes from instigator to observer.
Blood is symbolism is continuous sign of character’s
emotional progression. Macbeth and Lady
Macbeth’s reactions to blood shows their opposite attitude changes. Macbeth moves from guilty and scared to a
stone-cold killer, while Lady Macbeth starts as the stone-cold killer and falls
to a position of fright. Thus, the blood
symbol shows the character changes of Macbeth’s two main characters, but also
compare and contrast these changes. Blood is red and Blood is thick. Red can
sometimes symbolize evil or also can symbolize pain. Thickness is the weight of
the guilty that flows through Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s conscience. Blood can
also mean revenge and that goes to show blood must have blood from a tv show
call the 100. The life of those who shed blood always gets blood back.