Blood Motif In Macbeth

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First of all, a motif is recurring subject, theme, idea etc.
In Macbeth, blood is a very common motif. The word ‘blood’ appears 41 times in the play and it is used to continually remind the audience of how serious the character’s actions are. Real blood is seen in battles and murders, but the imaginary blood represents the guilt felt by Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. After Duncan’s death, the guilt became more apparent and as they’re guilt grew, so did the importance of blood. The imaginary blood also represents Macbeth and Lady Macbeth losing their grasp on reality. In the play, Lady Macbeth can’t get the blood off her hands and neither can Macbeth. This shows that the guilt they are feeling is inescapable and the imagined blood haunts them until