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The Perfect Recipe Essay

  • Submitted by: trustme
  • on March 25, 2014
  • Category: English
  • Length: 925 words

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“Double, double, toil and trouble” (Shakespeare 75), what is the perfect recipe for an amazing play? Some may say romance, drama, and a happy ending. But then there is Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth. What makes this play amazing is the blood, the fates of immortal instruments, and light vs. darkness. It may be hard to read Shakespeare for some, but for others who can take the time and understand the “ingredients” that it took to create this amazing play, love it and bask in it.  
Red, sticky, and warm. Three words that make a reader think of blood. Macbeth is said to be Shakespeare’s bloodiest play, with blood being used approximately a hundred times throughout the play. Blood means death, death means drama. In almost every scene throughout the play, there is at least one mention of blood or death. “Wash your hands, put on your nightgown, look not so pale,” (Shakespeare 94), although it is not directly stated what Lady Macbeth is washing off her hands, readers are able to connect that what is being washed off of her hands. Although her hands are physically clean, Shakespeare is able to use blood to show the guilt that Lady Macbeth is having for telling her husband, Macbeth, to kill King Duncan. Another way that Shakespeare is able to use blood to set the mood for the scene is describing the traitors of Scotland. “What bloody man is that?” (Shakespeare 12), King Duncan is shocked when he finds out that one of his own people helped an attack against Scotland. Shakespeare uses the blood in this scene to show what happens to people who go against the throne in Scotland.   Lastly, blood is used to put blame on the guards. When there is murder, chances are if someone sees someone else covered in blood, they are going to suspect it was them. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth knew that. Overall, Shakespeare was able to use blood as a motif to set the setting on a scene, and create a characters personality. Not only that but the blood in this play helped create the perfect play.

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