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Macbeth Literary Devices

personification
“Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player/That struts and frets his hour upon the stage.”

simile
“Macbeth . . . like valor’s minion”

foreshadow
The porter pretends to be guarding the gates of hell before the murder of Duncan is discovered.

allusion
“Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?”

alliteration
“will I with wine and wassail so convince”

paradox
“lesser than Macbeth and greater”

symbol
The blood Lady Macbeth sees on her hands when she sleepwalks

dramatic irony
“I will not be afraid of death and bane Till Birnam Forest come to Dunsinane.”

aside
thoughts of a character, said aloud, for only the audience to hear

soliloquy
speech by character, not heard by other characters

stage direction
instructions for actors and props on stage

act
division of a play, usually divided into scenes

hyperbole
exaggeration

antagonist
enemy to the story’s protagonist

protagonist
hero (main character) of the story or play

theme
the lesson or idea the writer is trying to convey

metaphor
“[Life] is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

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