ImageryBlood and butchery in macbeth Fariz Kery Nisa’ hasanah
blood• Represent treason, guilt, murder and death.• Shakespeare mentions the word blood, or different forms of it often in the play.• Textual evidence : Will all great Neptunes ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather The multitudinous seas incarnadine, Making the green one red. ( ACT 2 SCENE 2)
• Perhaps the best way to describe how the image of blood changes throughout the play, by following the character changes in Macbeth.• First, he is a brave honored soldier, but as the play progresses, he becomes identified with the death and bloodshed, along with showing his guilt in different forms.• The first sinister reference to blood is one of honor, showed in ACT 2 SCENE 1. This occurs when Duncan sees the injured sergeant and says "What bloody man is that?".
MACBETH AS A BUTCHER• Malcolm is only one person out of everyone who has a strong opinion about Macbeth.• He named Macbeth a "butcher“.• Textual evidence : Producing forth the cruel ministers Of this dead butcher and his friend like queen, (ACT 5 SCENE 9)• From the rapid transformation of the characters through out the play, there is a time when Macbeth could be determined as a "Butcher "and Lady Macbeth as a "fiend-like queen". *fiend (a very cruel, evil and violent person)
• Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are both positioned in an incident which has very altering incurrence towards their personality and actions.• Malcolm calls Macbeth a butcher, someone who kills without a conscience and without a reason.• He also describes Lady Macbeth as a “fiend like queen” which means one with only evil in her character.
• Macbeth at the beginning of the play was not a butcher.• He killed many enemies in the war but not one in cold blood.• Macbeth was a highly regarded kinsman and Thane. “For brave Macbeth, well he deserves that name.” “O valiant cousin, worthy gentleman.”• In the war against Norway, Macbeth presented himself as “noble Macbeth”, “brave Macbeth” and “valiant cousin” to King Duncan. Clearly at this point, Macbeth was not a butcher.
• However, as the plot rises to the climax, we can really see that Macbeth is changing.• Many would regard Macbeth as a butcher because of his murder of Duncan, the two servants and Banquo.• He proves himself as a dead butcher (a heartless person ) when he killed Duncan, when he was still asleep.• It was very cruel for him to kill a sleeping person. For his braveness and the good remarks that he got from his previous nobleness, he should be fighting Duncan in the field, not killing him while he was asleep.
• Malcolm is very personally affected by Macbeths actions. Macbeth kills his father Duncan.• Macbeth seizes power by force also bringing chaos and destruction to Scotland which is his homeland.• Even though it was Malcolms opinion, it contains some truth. Macbeth did send assassins to murder Banquo, a good friend, and killed Duncan with his own hands.• In order to secure his power as King, he kills Macduffs wife and son and all the people in the Castle of Fife. This act of violence by Macbeth had little chance of changing his current position, turning it into butchering, brutal unneeded violence. At this point, he is a "butcher".
The argumentsMacbeth was not a butcher!!!• Despite of all the killings he had made, there are still arguments about Macbeth’s actions.• They are some people who believe that Macbeth was not a butcher for some reasons.• As what had been said, a butcher kills without any conscience and proper reasons.
• Macbeth had reasons for these murders. He did not kill without any reason like a butcher would. Unlike a butcher who would not have a conscience, Macbeth suffered from his conscience.• Macbeth’s conscience persuaded him not to kill Duncan, but his wife and his ambition over drove his conscience. However, Macbeth still suffered from his conscience. “Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle towards my hand?” Would a butcher have such doubt? After Duncan was dead, Macbeth felt remorse. “Wake Duncan with thy knocking, I would thou couldst.”
• Obviously Macbeth had regrets about what he had done. Would a butcher have regrets? He was clearly doing something that was alien to his nature. He was a killer and it’s despicable what he had done, but he was not a senseless butcher. In his mind, Macbeth had a reason.• Macbeth killed the servants brutally, but again he killed them for a reason. For Banquo, he only killed Banquo out of the fear he had. “Our fears in Banquo stick deep.”• The ghost of Banquo has also shown that Macbeth had a conscience. Would a butcher have a conscience? Clearly Macbeth was not a butcher.
conclusion• So, what do you think?• Can Macbeth be regarded as a dead butcher?• For some reason, he was actually a dead butcher for he had killed Duncan.• The arguments were that, he killed Duncan because he was persuaded by his wife. But, to kill someone is actually one own choice.
• The killing of people in Scotland also proves that he was a brutal butcher.• We can’t see any conscience in him while he killed those innocent people.• So, he was indeed a butcher for he had killed many people for no reason.