blood imagery

blood imagery

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  • "I see thee still, And on thy blade and dudgeon gouts of blood, Which was not so before" (2.1.45-47).
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  • "Will all great neptunes ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No: this my hand will rather The maltitudinous seas incarnadine, making the green one red" (2.2.63-66).
  • "Here's the smell of blood still; all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand . O, O, O" (5.1.44-45). 
  • Before the murder of King Duncan Macbeth imagines a bloody dagger and speaks to it. He claims it is as real as a real dagger and that it is leading him to Duncan's room with drops of blood splattered over it. Macbeth's imagination of the bloody dagger is a representation of the theme of violence that Duncan is about to be killed and also shows Macbeth's fear. 
  • After the murder of King Duncan Macbeth explains that not even the ocean will wash the blood of his hands. This quote specifically uses imagery to shows the theme of guilt and regret that Macbeth is feeling due to his horrific action.
  • This scene is when the gentle woman and doctor witness Lady Macbeth's unnatural sleepwalking. Lady Macbeth uses the imagery of blood to show guilt. She repeatedly attempts to wash her hands but claims Duncan's blood is irremovable even by the strongest perfume. Her imagining the blood on her hands shows her feelings of guilt, remorse and regret. 
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