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Lady Macbeth's Dark Desires
This baby and children imagery paints a gruelling picture of the sinister acts Lady Macbeth is capable. Lady Macbeth says that she would kill an innocent baby while breastfeeding if she had promised to do so. The vulnerable and helpless state of the baby clearly shows just how evil Lady Macbeth can be.
Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums/ And dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you/ Have done to this (1.7.55-57).
This childhood imagery is used by Lady Macbeth to emasculate Macbeth. In the scene, Macbeth is unable to place the bloody daggers by Duncan's guards, so Lady Macbeth compares the murders to a scary picture to which only children are afraid.
The Murder scheme
Give me the daggers. The sleeping and the dead/ Are but as pictures. 'Tis the eye of childhood/ That fears a painted devil (2.2.52-54).
The imagery of the bloody child is used to show the extent of Macbeth's power. The bloody child shows that Macbeth can kill any child born from a woman. It also serves as foreshadowing for later in the play when Macduff, who was born from a c-section, kills Macbeth.
The Bloody CHILD
Be bloody, bold, and resolute. Laugh to scorn/ The power of man, for none of woman born/ Shall harm Macbeth (4.1.81-83).
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