Tracing A Word In Macbeth Blood
Tracing a word in Macbeth
Act 3: Blood
A. “We hear our bloody cousins are bestowed/ In England and Ireland.” (Act3, Scene 1, Line 30)
B. We hear that the princes, those murders, have hidden in England and Ireland.
C. The word bloody is used to show that they are the murderers with blood on their hands.
A. “So is he mine: and in such bloody distance/ that every minute of his being thrusts’/ Against my near’st life.” (Act 3, Scene 1, Line 117)
B. He’s my enemy too, and I hate him so much that every minute he’s alive it eats away at my heart.
C. Bloody is being used to call him the enemy.
A. “And with thy bloody and invisible hand/ Cancel and tear to pieces that great bond/ Which keeps me pale. (Act 3, Scene 2, Line 49)
B. Use your bloody and invisible hands to tear up Banquo’s lease on life, ehich keeps me in fear.
C. Night makes it so no one can see Banquo’s murder.
A. “There’s blood upon thy face.” (Act 3, Scene 4, Line 13)
B. There’s blood on your face.
C. It is quite literally blood on the murder’s face.
A. “Blood hath been shed ere now, i’ th’ olden time,/ Ere humane statute purfed the gentle weal,” (Act 3, Scene 4, Line 75)
B. In ancient times, before there were laws to make the land safe and peaceful, a lot of blood was spilled.
C. Blood was used to show how dangerous it was in ancient times.
A. “Thy bones are marrowless, thy blood is cold.” (Act 3, Scene 4, Line 94)
B. There’s no marrow in your bones, and your blood is cold.
C. Macbeth is telling the ghost that he is dead and that he should not be there.
A. “It will have blood, they say.” (Act 3, Scene 4, Line 122)
B. There is an old saying.
C. Blood ties in with the next quote.
A. “Blood will have blood.” (Act 3, Scene 4, Line 122)
B. The dead will have their revenge.
C. Blood is used two ways in this sentence. The first way was by saying the murdered. The second is by saying quite literally blood in return or possibly death.
A. “I am in blood/ Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more,/Returning were as tedious as go o’er.” (Act 3, Scene 4, Line 137)
B. I have walked so far into this river of blood that even if I stopped now, it would be as hard to go back to being good as it is to keep killing people.
C. Blood in this quote has the meaning of the murders that had been committed by his and his wife’s plotting.
A. “Free from our feasts and banquets bloody knives,” (Act 3, Scene 6, Line 35)
B. Free our feast and banquets from violent murders.
C. The blood is referring to the violent murders.
D. Macbeth seems to use the word blood in all its infinite forms more than all the other characters. He uses the word blood in many different ways. He uses it to allude to murder, a pacific person, guilt, and the fate of other people.
Act III, Scene 1 Banquo comments on how Macbeth has everything he was promised, but he thinks Macbeth gained it through evil. But Banquo hopes now that his prophecies will come true and his kids will be kings. Macbeth invites Banquo, his chief guest, to a feast. Banquo and Fleance are riding that afternoon, but can be back by supper. Macbeth says that Malcolm and Donalbain, their cousins whom guilt rests upon, are in England and Ireland but don’t admit to the crime. Macbeth bids them farewell then tells the servant to fetch the murderers. While waiting, he deliver a soliloquy about how it is insufficient to be king, unless he is secure. He fears Banquo, with his wisdom and temper, will try to unseat him, as the prophecies said his children would be kings. Macbeth fears he has given up his soul and committed an evil act, just to put Banquo’s descendants on the throne. He tells fate to fight him to the death. Macbeth has been convincing the murderers that Banquo is a bad person over the course of two earlier meetings. Macbeth tells the murderers they have a special role as men, and the murderers say they have had a rough life and would do anything. Macbeth tells them to kill Banquo, their mutual enemy. He compares is battle with Banquo to fencing, but says he can’t kill him himself. He tells them to do it carefully, and to kill Banquo’s son Fleance as well.
Act III, Scene 2 Lady Macbeth sends a servant for Macbeth, then says something that reminds of Macbeth’s earlier soliloquy. It is no good to be insecure in what you have, and you might as well be destroyed. She asks Macbeth why he is keeping to himself and acting worried when he can’t change what he has done. Macbeth says there is still a threat, and he wishes he were one of the dead who are in peace, than have such constant worries. Lady Macbeth tells him to act happy. Macbeth says his wife needs to remember that, too, and that they need to flatter Banquo to cover up for their dark plans. Lady Macbeth says not to kill Banquo and that they won’t live forever. Macbeth says they can be happy after Banquo and Fleance are dead, which will happen that night. Macbeth doesn’t want to tell his wife of his plans so that she can be innocent. He says this evil deed will help what was badly begun.
Act III, Scene 3 A new murderer appears, claiming to be sent by Macbeth. Banquo approaches and they kill him, but Fleance escapes. They go to tell Macbeth.
Act III, Scene 4 At the banquet, they seat themselves according to rank. Lady Macbeth goes to play hostess, while Macbeth meets with the Murderer. He learns Fleance escaped and says he is now surrounded by fears instead of being calm and safe. Macbeth is grateful that at least the snake is gone, thought the worm Fleance will likely return. He tells the murderer they will meet again. Lady Macbeth tells him to be a good host, otherwise the guests might as well be eating at home or paying for the meal. Macbeth then sees a ghost of Banquo sit in his chair, but Ross and Lennox tell him to sit since they don’t see the ghost. Lady Macbeth tells the guests to wait, that this is just a temporary fit. She tells Macbeth that it is just his imagining from fear. Macbeth says he is just ill and drinks wine to Banquo. He tells the ghost to go away, that it is not real. Lady Macbeth tells the lords to leave after Macbeth continues to act strangely. He wonders then where Macduff is. He says he will go to see the witches again.
Act III, Scene 5 Hecate is angry because the witches have been dealing with Macbeth without consulting her. She says he will be told his destiny at the cave the next day. The various spells she contrives will lure him into a false sense of security. The witches prepare for her return.
Act III, Scene 6 Lennox thinks it is suspicious how Macbeth has been acting and how two people killed their fathers. Macduff is reported to be in the English court, rallying forces to remove Macbeth.