Created by: Ashley, Austin, Brian, Carolyn, Erica and John ©2008


Blood in Macbeth:

In the play, Macbeth by William Shakespeare, "blood" has several different meanings rather than just fluid that circulates in the principal vascular system of human beings.

"It will have blood; they say, blood will have blood."


-Blood having blood is a continuous system. What Macbeth is saying in this quote is that his killing may become a habit and his guilt will not all of a sudden come to a stop. They will both be continuous actions.

"Come, you spirits of direst cruelty! Make thick my blood."

~Lady Macbeth

- This quote, said by Lady Macbeth, is showing that she wishes she could be a man so she could murder Duncan herself (showing male superiority) and not be a guilt-filled woman. She also says this to convince Macbeth that she could be manlier than he is.

“Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather The multitudinous seas in incarnadine, Making the green one red."


- This quote shows that Macbeth thinks that all of the oceans could never wash away the blood (symbolizing guilt) that stains his hands.

“And thy blade and dungeon gouts of blood, which were not so before. There is no such thing: It is the bloody business that informs thus to mine eyes.”


-This quote states that it wasn't a clean job, it was a dirty one, that would leave some lasting effect behind.

"And with thy bloody and invisible hand cancel and tear to pieces that great bond

which keeps me pale."


-This quote symbolizes Macbeth’s hand is scared with blood from killing Duncan yet it is invisible and the deed is unnoticed to the world because of appearance vs. reality.

"Why did you bring these daggers from the place? They must lie there. Go carry them and smear the sleepy grooms with blood."

~Lady Macbeth

-In this case the meaning of blood is guilt. Not the kind that makes you feel bad but the kind that puts you in jail. By simply having Duncan's blood on you, you become a prime suspect of the dark deed. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth attempt to use the blood to clear their names.