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Explain in your view, what is the most striking image or line from Act II of Shakespeare’s Macbeth?

“Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No; this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine, making the green one red.” (Act II, Scene II, Line 77-80)

The guilt of his act is so powerful that he will not be able to “wash it off,” even with Neptune’s (the god of the sea) oceans. The image of the ocean’s color altering to a crimson red is quite overwhelming. I picture it similar to the image of the Nile river turning red, due to the acts of Moses and the plagues of Egypt, guided by God. The colossal size of the oceans causes the amount of blood to appear plenty.


~ by justincascante on February 4, 2010.

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