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Provide several quotes that show the imagery of blood, darkness and disease in "Macbeth".

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jamie-wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted June 10, 2007 at 11:28 AM (Answer #1)

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Macbeth, 1.3.50-51: "Stars, hide your fires; ' Let not light see my black and deep desires." (Macbeth is ashamed of his greed and treachery.)

Donalbain, 3.3.145-147: "Where we are,/ There's daggers in men's smiles: the near in blood,/The nearer bloody." (Donalbain is fearful of Macbeth's manner and suspects he is up to no good.)

Macbeth, 2.2.60-63: "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." (Macbeth reflects on his murderous deed.)

Macbeth, 3.4.122-125: "It will have blood, they say; blood will have blood: / Stones have been known to move and trees to speak; / Augurs and understood relations have / By magot-pies and choughs and rooks brought forth / The secret'st man of blood." (Macbeth anticipating having to pay for his crimes.)

Lady Macbeth, 4.3.39: "Out, damned spot! Out I say! (Lady Macbeth's guilt makes it appear to her that she can never wash the crime of Duncan's blood off her hands.)

Macbeth: 4.1.40: "Canst thou minister to a mind diseased" (To the doctor. He feels hopeless in the manifestation of his darkness.)

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