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jenny7 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 4, 2010 at 11:33 AM via web

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What are 5 good quotes from Macbeth that describe blood imagery

I need 5 good quotes to describe how Macbeth feels his guilt and refers to it as blood, with an explanation of the imagery

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 4, 2010 at 1:54 PM (Answer #1)

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Blood imagery is rather prevalent in Macbeth's tale of greed and treachery.  Here are passages that illustrate Macbeth's guilt and provide imagery: 

(2.1.52-55 ) -

Mine eyes are made the fools of the other senses

Or else worth all the rest.  I see thee still;

And on thy blade and dudgeon gouts of blood,

Here Macbeth senses the dastardly deed he is about to commit, and he worries that Duncan may hear him.  Macbeth imagines that he sees Duncan, but he realizes that his guilt is working on him, creating fear in his heart as he prepares for his bloody act.

(2.2.60-63)

Why did you bring these daggers from the place?

They must lie there:  go carry them, and smear

The sleepy grooms with blood.

When Macbeth returns from having slain Duncan with the bloody daggers, Lady Macbeth instructs him to return with them and smear the blood on the guards of the slain king.

(2.2. 76-81)

What hands are here?  Ha! They pluck out my eyes!

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. 

After slaying Duncan, Macbeth is shaken and feels his guilt at murdering the king, envisioning his deed as one that drips blood that will become noticeable.

(3.4.91-97) 

Blood hath been shed ere now.  i' th' olden time,

Ere humane statute purged the gentle weal;

Ay, and since too, murders have been performed

Too terrible for the ear.  The times has been

That, when the brains were out, the man would die,

And there an end; but now they rise again,

With twenty mortal murders on their crowns...

Macbeth remarks that murders have been committed before, but now ghosts appear to disturb him.  This ghost frightens him more than the murder.

(3.4.122-125) 

It will have blood, they say:  blood will have blood

Stones have been known to move and trees to speak;

Augures and understood relations have

By maggot-pies and coughs and rooks brought forth

The secre'st man of blood.  What is the night?

In this passage, Macbeth anticipates his having to pay for his crimes.

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