Analysis Of William Shakespeare 's ' Macbeth ' Essay

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Quotation Analysis-Written Discussion

Quote from Act 1, Scene 5(Ambition):

They met me in the day of success, and I have learned by the perfectest report they have more in them than mortal knowledge. When I burned in desire to question them further, they made themselves air, into which they vanished. Whiles I stood rapt in the wonder of it came missives from the king, who all-hailed me 'Thane of Cawdor, ' by which title, before, these weird sisters saluted me, and referred me to the coming on of time with 'Hail, king that shalt be! ' This have I thought good to deliver thee, my dearest partner of greatness, that thou mightst not lose the dues of rejoicing, by being ignorant of what greatness is promised thee. Lay it to thy heart, and farewell. (Shakespeare 1.5.1-13).

Analysis:
The rhetorical devices are parallelism, oxymoron, metaphor, metanoia, hyperbole, enumeratio.
The mood of Macbeth is that he feels ambitious. The tone/style of the quote is that, he talks as if he has darkness in his heart, when he said “ thou mightst not lose the dues of rejoicing, by being ignorant of what greatness is promised thee.” He has a manner as if he is going to do something to become king, instead of being ignorant about it. The imageries in this quote are when Macbeth in his letter wrote: “I burned in desire to question them further”, this shows how desperate…

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