Macbeth Literary Devices Flashcard Example #1818

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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