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momo23 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 19, 2007 at 4:00 AM via web

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What is the dramatic significance of the quote, "It will have blood, they say; blood will have blood" (Act III, scene iv) from Macbeth?

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malibrarian | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted December 19, 2007 at 4:37 AM (Answer #1)

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This quote from Act III, scene iv, is said by Macbeth when he sees the ghost of Banquo at his feast.  Its significance lies in the fact that Macbeth is beginning to have a guilty conscience (or at least is fearful of what will happen to him because of his actions) concerning the murders he has committed - first the murder of King Duncan, then the murder of his former friend, Banquo.  Banquo's ghost coming to Macbeth causes Macbeth to act insane and irrational in front of his wife and guests, and Macbeth states that the blood he has shed will come back for revenge on him - blood will have blood.


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jblas | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 27, 2007 at 9:22 AM (Answer #2)

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Macbeth has murdered King Duncan, Banquo and now plots to kill Macduff.  He has spilled alot of blood in his hands, and if he must die while fighting for the right to his throne, then "blood will have blood".  He will not give up the throne without a fight!


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