Imagery of Blood in William Shakespeare's Play Macbeth
In the play Macbeth , William Shakespeare uses blood as a symbol throughout the whole story to show the different emotions and themes within the context of the play. It’s a bit ironic for someone whose name means “the son of life” that he has to take so many lives instead of being a father to the people he was trying to rule. The play refers to blood in three key points to create great imagery in this play, guilt, honor, and family/ancestry are some strong points that this imagery is used.
Blood shows many things in this play, such a thing like honor. Malcom the heir to the throne has made his way to England to escape the treacherous acts of the tyrant Macbeth. While there Macduff comes to call on him for an army to take back their mainland. Malcolm suggests his lack of honor for the new King of Scotland in his statement to Macduff, “It weeps, it bleeds, and each new day a gash/ Is added to her wounds.” Then later in this dialogue continues with “More suffer and more sundry ways than ever,/ By him that shall succeed”(4.3.40-49). Here Malcom is explaining how his country is as living as the people that inhabit it. He does not want to be tricked by Macduff and have his country in bits and pieces by the likes of Macbeth. Towards the beginning of the play when Macbeth returns the Sergeant shows his respect for the brave fighter who returned from a valiant battle for his country, in this next passage, the Sergeant says, "Which smoked with bloody execution"(1.2.18), he is referring to Macbeth's braveness in which his sword is covered in the hot blood of the enemy. The worthy heir to the throne Malcolm is graced by Macduff as he holds the head of Macbeth to all the people and says, “the usurper’s cursed head. The time is free”(5.8.55). Malcolm speaks to his people and grants them for their great honor and not turning to the side of Macbeth and rewards them by naming them “Earls, the first that ever Scotland In such an honor named.” This was the destiny of Macbeth and if Macduff could not follow through he’d feel great guilt from not honoring his family and country by taking off the head of Macbeth like he was set out to do.
Blood showing ancestry and family throughout this play usually entails that Macbeth will be taking the live of some family member close to the actual bloodline of the current king like King Duncans bloodline. Macbeth starts off the killing of innocent people on King Duncan the king of Scotland. Bloodthirsty Macbeth has the nerve to confront Malcom to talk about the death of his father “The spring, the head, the fountain of your blood/ Is stopped; the very source of it is stopped./ Your royal father murdered”(2.3.85). Donalbain and Malcom the two closest to the throne have there heads up as their father has been murdered as Donalbain proclaims when he says “There’s daggers in men’s smiles. The near in blood,/ The nearer bloody.”(2.3.128)...