Word Trace: Blood, Act 3 1. a. Quotation Macbeth: We hear our bloody cousins are bestowed in England and in and speaker Ireland, not confessing their cruel parricide... (3.1. 29-31) b. Paraphrase I've heard that Duncan's sons are hiding in England and Ireland and are and clarification not confessing that they killed their father.
c. Conclusions First quote; no comparison yet. Macbeth is trying to make Banquo believe that Duncan's sons, not Macbeth, killed Duncan.
2. a. Quotation Macbeth: So is he mine, and in such bloody distance that every minute of and speaker his being thrusts against my near'st of life:... (3.1. 116-118) b. Paraphrase Banqo is also my enemy, I dislike him so much that every minute that he and clari. lives hurts me.
c. Conclusions In the first quote, bloody is meant to convey the guilt of Malcolm and Donalbain; here, Macbeth and Banquo's bloody distance means a fierce disagreement.
3. a. Quotation Macbeth: Come seeling night, scarf up the tender eye of pitiful day, and and speaker with thy bloody and invisible hand cancel and tear to pieces that great bond which keeps me pale! (3.2. 46-50) b. Paraphrase Hurry night, make it dark, and kill Banquo, my enemy.
and clarification c. Conclusions In this quote, bloody means the same as it did in the original quote: guilt.
4. a. Quotation Macbeth: There's blood upon thy face. (3.4. 13) and speaker b. Paraphrase A simple quote: There is blood on your face.
and clarification c. Conclusions The blood in this quote is literal as well as figurative. The blood on the murderer's face shows that he, as well as Macbeth, is guilty of killing Banquo.
5. a. Quotation Macbeth: Blood hath been shed ere now, i' th' olden time, ere humane and speaker statue purged the gentle weal; ay, and since too, murders have been performed too terrible for the ear. (3.4. 78-80) b. Paraphrase Murders have been committed now. A long time ago, no laws were in and clari. place to stop them, now, we could die for our sins.
c. Conclusions Macbeth is getting extremely worried about the blood he has shed. He is afraid of getting caught.
6. a. Quotation Macbeth: Avaunt! and quit my sight! Let the earth hide thee! Thy bones and speaker are marrowless, thy blood is cold; thou hast no speculation in those eyes which thou dost glare with.
b. Paraphrase Leave! Get out of my sight! Go to your grave! You are dead, you can't and clari. see me with those eyes that you look at me with! c. Conclusions Macbeth just saw Banquo's ghost. That is a sign of him feeling guilty for having Banquo killed. Again, the word blood is used to convey guilt.
7. a. Quotation Macbeth: It will have blood, they say: blood will have blood. Stones have and speaker been known to move and trees to speak; augures and understood relations have by maggot-pies and choughs and rooks brought forth the secret'st man of blood. What is the night? (3.4. 123-127) b. Paraphrase Murders will lead to other murders, they say. Odd things have been and clari. known to happen. Omens mean something, and the omen will bring forth the murderer.
c. Conclusions Shakespeare is emphasizing Macbeth's feelings of guilt and his feeling that Macbeth is about to get caught by putting blood in the speech four times. Macbeth feels that if something dramatic doesn't happen, the end is near.
8. a. Quotation Macbeth: I am in blood stepped in so far that, should I wade no more, and speaker returning were as tedious as go o'er. (3.4. 137-139) b. Paraphrase I have killed so many to get where I am, that, if I don't kill more, going and clari. back to normal will be harder than it was to get to this point.
c. Conclusions This is a fairly simple quote. Macbeth realizes that their is no turning back now. He has no choice but to kill more of his enemies and anyone else standing in his way.
9. a. Quotation Lord: To ratify the work, we may again give to our table meat, sleep to our and speaker night, free form our feasts and banquets bloody knives, do faithful homage and receive free honors. (3.6. 33-36) b. Paraphrase Once we have gotten rid of Macbeth, we can once again eat and sleep without worrying about getting murdered, and we can honor those who deserve honoring.
c. Conclusions The end is near for Macbeth, people are starting to suspect him.
General Conclusions for Act 3: Macbeth is the only one to say the word "blood"ÃÂ or "bloody"ÃÂ in the whole act until the Lord says bloody at the very end of the act. That signifies the beginning of the end for Macbeth.
Every time the word blood is mentioned in this act. It is a conveyance of guilt. Every time Macbeth says blood, he is either mentioning someone he has killed; or someone that he wants dead. When he says it, Macbeth is either feeling guilty or angry. The word has basically the same meaning throughout the act.