Blood

Macbeth Motif

Erica Wycheck, Laura Mccann

Act I Scene II

"Till he unseam'd him from the nave to the chaps,

And he fix'd his head upon our battlements."



Macbeth cuts MacDonwald's head off in the battle. He is a ruthless fighter. The quote is a literal example of how bloody and gruesome Macbeth can be. His actions within the first pages of the play scare readers and make them wonder what he will do next.

Act II Scene I

"..I see thee still; And on the blade and dungeon gouts of blood, Which was not so before. There's no such thing."


Macbeth sees a bloody dagger before him. He states he sees the dagger because he has a "heat oppressed" brain. It shows his guilt about killing Duncan. It is an effective message about Macbeth's guilt he feels towards killing his friend.

Act IV Scene I

"Thunder. Second Apparition: a bloody Child." "....be bloody, bold and resolute."


The quote shows blood in a literal example. The bloody child is an apparition of the withces within the play. The child explains that Macbeth cannot be defeated. But, the allusion is revealed when Macbeth is defeated by the child not born from the mother.