Why Is Blood Important In Macbeth

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Michaela Przygocki English Pd. 5 Greene/Chung Macbeth Essay Ambition can be destructive. Especially for power. Too much ambition can lead to making either good or bad choices depending on the action a person takes to get what they desire. As Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.” Shakespeare uses dramatic elements such as motif, and characterization to convey a theme about ambition or desire in a play. Blood is a huge motif in the play Macbeth. The continuous presence of blood in Macbeth repeatedly reminds the audience about how serious the outcome of the characters actions are. The “blood”…show more content…
Macbeth is very eager to be King, even if it means killing someone. The three witches are also a factor in Macbeth's want to gain the crown, “All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!” (I.iii.51). This drives Macbeth even more because he trusts the witches’ fate declaring that he’ll become king. This is foolish however. Everyone knows that the witches are known for creating grand lies and are out to create destruction. Macbeth even ignores his companions warning and of course, continues to go for the crown. Macbeth knows that killing Duncan is wrong. Yet, he still does it. In act IV, Macbeth asks the witches’ to tell him the truth about their prophecies. To answer his question, the witches’ reveal four frightening apparitions. The first apparition was a floating head. Macbeth is told to beware of Macduff. Macbeth later learns that Macduff has fled to England. This news worried Macbeth. He then sends out two murderers to kill Macduff’s wife and children. This exhibits Macbeth’s loss of all his humanity. His vaulting ambition has taken over. The second apparition was a bloody child that tells Macbeth that “none of woman born / shall harm Macbeth” (pg.168,iv.i.87-88). This apparition makes Macbeth feel as if he is untouchable, that no one can hurt him. The third apparition says that Macbeth is safe until Birnam…show more content…
For example, Macbeth relates well to Osama Bin Laden. Both men let their ambition for power take over. They were willing to do anything to get what they wanted. “Fair is foul and foul is fair”. What both men thought was fair, was actually foul. Therefore, things turned ugly. In both Macbeth’s and Bin Laden’s situation, the struggle for power had led to violence. Macbeth struggled to gain his spot as king. He was willing to do anything for that spot too. Macbeth kills the current king to make the spot easier to get. He then kills his bestfriend in order to save himself from losing his chance as king. Bin Laden struggled to gain power over the US. As a result, things got out of control. There was a massive attack on the US, on 9/11/2001. The ambition for power led both men to make bad choices, it led them to do crazy things. In the end, both men ended up getting themselves killed as a result of their actions. They were set up for self-destruction. After all, that is what ambition can do to a

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