In the following quotations we can see how Shakespeare exploits ths blood motif as his characters develop during the play.

Macbeth with Duncan's blood on his hands.
Act 2 Scene 2.

Whence is that knocking?
How is't with me, when every noise appals me?
What hands are here? Ha, they pluck out my eyes!
Will all great Neptun's ocean wash this blood
Clean from my hands? No, this my hand will rather
The multudinous seas incarnadine,
making the green one red.
1. Describe Macbeth's reaction to Duncan's
blood on his hands.

Re-enter Lady Macbeth.
Lady Macbeth:

My hands are of your colour, but I shame
To wear a heart so white. ...
Retire we to our chamber.
A little water clears us of this deed.
How easy is it then! Your constancy
Hath left you unattended.
2. Describe Lady Macbeth's reaction.

Macbeth dismisses his wife's fears
Act 3 Scene 4

I am in blood
Stepp'd in so far that, should I wade no more,
Returning were as tedious as go o'er.
3. How does Macbeth feel about half way through
the play?

Lady Macbeth is sleep walking and talking to herself
Act 5 Scene 1
Lady Macbeth:

Out, damned spot! Out, I say! One - two - why then
'tis time to do't. Hell is murky. Fie, my Lord, fie!
A soldier, and afeared? What need we fear who
knows it, when none can call our power to account?
Yet who would have thought the old man to have
had so much blood in him?
4. How has the memory of Duncan's blood affected Lady Macbeth's mental state by the end of the play?

Lady Macbeth:
Here's the smell of the blood still. All the perfumes
of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh, oh, oh!
5. How has Shakespeare used imagery to emphasise Lady Macbeth's change of attitude?

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