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The use of Symbols in Macbeth
The Use of Symbols in Macbeth
In the play Macbeth, Shakespeare uses many symbols to add to his story. His use of
blood, water, light, dark, rampant animals, and even the witches are examples of how he used
symbols to add depth to his play. These symbols were often times recurring and they were all
related to the central plot of the play.
Shakespeare used blood in this play several times. Blood is first mentioned by Macbeth
shortly after he had slain Duncan. The subject of blood was introduced again when Duncan's
murder was brought up by Lady Macbeth, as well as others later in the play. In the
aforementioned circumstances, blood was used to symbolize the guilt, and pain that Macbeth
and his wife were experiencing as a by-product of the murderous rampage which consumed
Macbeth, and later drove Lady Macbeth to suicide.
If blood symbolized death, guilt, and pain, then surely water symbolized cleansing and
peace, and is used in this regard in many literary pieces. In fact, even in the bible, Pontious
Pilate washed his hands in water after sentencing Jesus to be crucified. However, Macbeth
mentions that all of the water in the sea would turn red from the blood on his hands; which leads
me to the conclusion that blood was a much more powerful symbol than water in this play.
In Macbeth, light and dark was u...
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