Macbeth Motifs Blood

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Macbeth Motifs Blood

This scene starts out with Macduff and everyone in the castle finding out about Duncan's death. Here, Macbeth is breaking the news to Malcolm that his father has been murdered. Macbeth describes Duncan's blood as golden. He is almost mocking Duncan because he knows now that he will become king and he will be the one with the golden blood.

In this scene, Macbeth is on his way to kill Duncan but is stopped because he sees a floating dagger in his way. He reaches out to grasp but realizes that is nothing more than a figment of his imagination and that it is not there.

"I see thee still, and thy blade and dudgeon gouts of blood." (Act 2, Scene 1)

"Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?" (Act 2, Scene 2)

This quote is from Macbeth after killed Duncan. He is left alone while Lady Macbeth went to go stash the daggers near the guards. In his soliloquy, Macbeth tells the reader how he is ashmed to be the owner of his hands after they had committed such a crime. In the line he tells himself that not even all the water on the eart can wash away his actions.

"Here lay Duncan, His silver skin laced his with his golden blood.." (Act2, Scene 3)

The motif of blood in Macbeth is a reoccurring and present theme throughout the work. We are first introduced to it when Macbeth murders Duncan. Of course blood is a physical aspect of Duncan's death but it is also has symbolic meaning and is almost foreshadowing. Macbeth looks at his bloody hands and feels ashamed and guilty and disgusted with himself because of the murder he has committed. As the story progresses we see that Macbeth becomes blood-thirsty as he starts to murder more and more innocent people including Banquo and Macduff's family. In the end Macbeth realizes that it is his downfall.

The Motif of Blood

Macbeth MotifsBlood


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