Figurative Language In Macbeth's Soliloquy

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Macbeth by Shakespeare is a beautifully woven play of a king who has his wheel of fortune rise and fall in a dramatic tale. The play begins with a valiant Macbeth pondering his morals before eventually deciding to commit treason but later he has become ruthless. He breaks the law without thought.

(I, VII) Macbeth ponders the consequences of him killing Duncan in a soliloquy. In the beginning of his soliloquy, Macbeth wants to murder Duncan quickly so as to have no hesitations. (I, VII, 2-5) Shakespeare uses a metaphor to Macbeth hunting and catching a wild animal without being harmed. He refers to the killing as if to catch the king with a net. This is because a net is silent and causes little suspicion to who caught and killed the animal.
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Shakespeare uses a reference to family ties by telling the audience that Macbeth is related to Duncan. Shakespeare does this to show the toils and snares Macbeth must overcome to take the crown. Macbeth is feeling pushed against a wall because he doesn’t want to disappoint his wife, but killing a family member to become king is horrific. Next, Shakespeare uses a simile (I, VII, 18-20) "So clear in his great office, that his virtues Will plead like angels trumpet-tongued against The deep damnation of his taking-off" Macbeth is worried that Duncan 's attributes will show Macbeth as the true murderer. This also alludes to heaven with Duncan being sent there with the angels. Shakespeare also uses words such as “heaven 's cherubim” and “trumpet-tongued”. The heavenly allusions here are in a positive context because a celebration is occurring in the bible when angels appear and trumpets are being played. This is used to show how Duncan was a pure king with a clean heart and that heaven will welcome him with open arms. Another allusion is used by Shakespeare when Macbeth says every person in Scotland will cry for Duncan when he is killed. (I, VII, 25-26)Shakespeare uses this allusion to show the absolute despair in which Scotland will enter when Duncan dies. The wind being overpowered by tears shows Macbeth feels pained that a king so beloved by all the kingdom would have to end …show more content…
Shakespeare uses bold diction when Macbeth describes the people in Macduff’s castle as unfortunate souls. Macbeth shows that he knows that by going into Macduff’s castle that innocent lives will be killed. However, Macbeth displays his willingness to cause extra bloodshed for the damage he will deal to Macduff’s family. Macbeth says this to show the complete desire that has taken over him from the prophecies the witches gave him just earlier. This is seen in the beginning of the play as well as the initial prophecy of kingship for Macbeth. However, what differed for Macbeth at the beginning of the play was his morals were still intact and so he fought the all controlling desires. Macbeth tells himself “No boasting like a fool,” to describe his old self as a fool that made mistakes. Macbeth does this so as to ground himself so as to not get too over the top. Macbeth ironically continues to boast even to the end. He boasts to Macduff that he can’t die to anyone of women born. This ends up leading to his downfall and death of Macbeth at the hands of Macduff. Shakespeare finishes with a reference to the witches and apparitions. (IV, I, 161-162) Macbeth says this because his head has been completely clouded by all the horrid stuff the witches say. Macbeth at this point has realized that the witches have caused him to lose all sense of morals and that he has become completely

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