The blotches of blood stains on the once pure soul can never be cleansed. As the illusion of blood seeps through the punctured heart, the guilty conscience accumulates the state of mind that justifies the blood shed by one’s urge to exterminate those whom interfere with their “destined” fate. In the play, Macbeth by William Shakespeare, the witches’ prophecies made Macbeth bound to believe that it is plausible, therefore, Macbeth plots a plan executing those who restrain him from his pursuit for power, which ultimately ends in his inevitable death, leaving him scarred with nothing but his guilty conscience. Thus, Shakespeare utilizes the motif of blood to expose the guilt of the characters within the play by metaphorically staining their minds with the burst of blood spilling through their natural state of being, leaving behind a permanent scar of guilt, resulting in the outbreak of insanity.
By committing such a horrendous crime, Macbeth’s shameful heart will endlessly bleed of wounds due to the immense guilt, leaving his sin unjustifiable. After the murder of Duncan, Macbeth is filled with remorse due to his sinful deed, thus he expressed his guilt saying, “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine, making the green one red” (II, ii, 78-81). With the blood that Macbeth has smeared from his unclean hands, he confides in how not even all the water from the Mediterranean Sea can wash away the fresh blood he has spilled, let alone Neptune, the Roman God of the sea, cannot exculpate the stained blood, but instead, it will diffuse contaminating the whole sea, turning it red. For this reason, Macbeth’s guilt is unjustifiable for even a God cannot purify his corrupted deed. By stating how the blood he has shed will stain the whole sea red, it exemplifies how much guilt has been built upon Macbeth, for the sea is vast, therefore nothing will scrub off the blots of blood he has drained. In addition, the amount of guilt in the blood that Macbeth has shed is so thick that the purified water will never be enough to wash away his sin. Therefore, Macbeth’s guilty conscience will eternally haunt him, for the never ending rain of blood symbolizes the crown of guilt that he bears. As a result, Shakespeare utilizes the motif of blood to illustrate the kinship of how blood is thicker than water, to expose the immeasurable amount of guilt that lies within the blood of Macbeth’s own kindred, which conveys how God’s purified water cannot even absolve Macbeth’s unjustifiable sin from executing his own kin.
Through the dark process of gushing out blood by one’s own ties, Macbeth comes to the realization of guilt by what he has corrupted with his bloody hands. As Macbeth expresses his guilt from his gory hands, he conceals his corruption of a false image, unveiling the true reality
stating, “And with thy bloody and invisible hand cancel and tear to pieces that great bond which...