There are several symbols in Shakespeare's Macbeth, and they all relate to the central conflict and themes. One such symbol is blood. Indeed, one of the very first characters we meet in the play is a bleeding sergeant (1.2.1-9). The words “blood”, “bloody”, and “bloodier” are also used several times throughout the play.
Most people associate blood with death or danger, and this is true of Macbeth as well. However, more than anything blood symbolizes guilt in Shakespeare’s play. Right after Duncan’s murder, the hands of Macbeth and his wife are stained with Duncan’s blood. While Macbeth is horrified and feels like no amount of water will be able to clean his hands and conscience, Lady Macbeth taunts his lack of courage: “My hands are of your colour; but I shame/ To wear a heart so whit...