Blood in Macbeth

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Blood in Macbeth by Mind Map: Blood in Macbeth

1. River of Blood

1.1. Macbeth compares his situation to walking in a river of blood, saying, “I am in blood / Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more, / Returning were as tedious as go o’er” (III.iiii.135-137). I think this was a very good comparison, especially since it's not one that you would think of easily. It also is a very good example of blood symbolizing guilt. Macbeth is saying that he is feeling a ton of guilt, while also saying that he has killed some people to get where he is now, and to stop would be just as hard as to keep going.

2. Hand Washing

2.1. Throughout the story, the act of hand washing is used as a way to cleanse people of their wrong doings. Before Lady Macbeth dies, she is constantly rubbing her hands during one of her sleep walking episodes. She says, "What, will these hands ne'er be clean?" (IIIII.i.48)

3. King Duncan's Death

3.1. You see Lady Macbeth telling Macbeth to wash his hands after the murder of Duncan, saying "A little water clears us of this deed" (II.ii.65). She says this to get the evidence of the murder away and help calm Macbeth down, since she knows he is feeling guilty.

4. Guilt

4.1. The obvious meaning for the constant mention of blood in Macbeth is guilt. How Macbeth acts after murdering King Duncan is a great example in my opinion. It really proves what blood is supposed to stand for and sybolize.