Macbeth Motif Paper

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Ambitious, brave, and self-doubted, Macbeth struggles for mastery throughout the play. Greed with power, Macbeth kills his way to the top. Macbeth was so wrapped up in the prophecy that the witches gave him. Once the first prophecy came true, Macbeth did whatever it took for the rest to become true. Using blood as a motif Macbeth’s violent and ambitious character starts to enter the play. Blood is first seen in the opening battle between Scots and Norwegians invaders. “What bloody man is that? He can report by his plight of the revolt the newest state.” Act1 Scene 2 When Macbeth kills Duncan; Lady Macbeth refers to blood as a filthy witness. “Go get some water and wash this filthy witness from your hand.” Act 2 Scene 2 Once Macbeth and Lady Macbeth embark upon their murderous journey, blood comes to symbolize their guilt and they feel that their crimes have been stained in a way that they cannot be wiped clean. “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood…clean from my hand?” Act 2 Scene 2 Blood is now coming back to haunt Lady Macbeth that being the reason she sleep walks. “Out damned spot; out I say…who would have thought the old man to have so much blood in him.” Act 5 Scene 1 Blood symbolizes the guilt that sits like a permanent stain on the conscience of both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, one that haunts them to their graves. Macbeth’s ambitious attitudes lead him to his death. He felt like nobody could kills him and he really believe that until the end. He died with his head cut off blood all over Macduff’s Knife.
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