Alliteration In Macbeth

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The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare has characters which cycle between their ups and downs in a cyclical pattern. The main character, Macbeth, is the biggest example of this pattern. Throughout the play, the audience experiences Macbeth 's rise to power and then his quick fall. During his rise, Macbeth has two monologues that show his real colors. In his first monologue (I, 7, 1-29), he seems to be a confused man, not knowing whether to follow his desires or morals. But in his next monologue, only one scene later (II, 1, 42-77), he suddenly made an irrational decision to follow a desire on a prophecy that may or may not come true.

In Act I, Scene VII, Lines 1-29, Macbeth is confused between what he wants, his desires, and what is
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William Shakespeare uses alliteration to add character to his words. He repeats many words that start with the letter W. Some of the words include: "wicked" (II, 1, 62): "witchcraft" (II, 1, 63): "withered" (II, 1, 64), etc. He includes alliteration into this monologue because W 's have a very creepy and wispy sound and that is Shakespeare’s overall goal. In lines 61-63 Macbeth says: "Now o 'er the one-half world / Nature seems dead, and wicked dreams abuse / The curtained sleep." What Macbeth means is that half of the world seems dead because everybody is asleep. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth 's plan was for him to kill the king late at night so there would be no witnesses and they could say an intruder entered during the night. So, since everybody was sleeping the night was still, which gives this creepy monologue a darker and eviler tone. Another line Shakespeare uses to continue the tone is: "Moves like a ghost" (II, 1, 69). The metaphor simply is implemented into the monologue to describe how he will move silently and he will be "invisible" in the darkness of the night. Toward the end of his monologue, Lady Macbeth completes the plan by ringing a bell that meant it was time to kill Duncan. The bell is also a religious motif since it is a conduit to heaven, and heaven is a reoccurring theme/symbol in Macbeth. Other recurring themes/symbols are death, darkness, sleeplessness, blood (a lot of blood), birds, bad weather, alcohol, and one of the biggest, hell. At the very end of his monologue, Macbeth says: "That summons thee to heaven or to hell" (II, 1, 77). Other times that hell was mentioned in Macbeth was, in Act I, Scene V when Lady Macbeth wishs for the night to be dark as hell, later in the play, in Act V, Scene I, Lady Macbeth again mentions hell while she is sleep walking. In Act II, Scene III, the Porter mentions hell 's gate. There are many other times in the

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