Macbeth. Literary Terms. The use of clues or hints to suggest what action is to come . The bloody battle in Act 1 foreshadows the bloody murders later on in the play. Foreshadowing. Comparison of two things using like or as. Similie (1.2.18).
The use of clues or hints to suggest what action is to come.
foreshadows the bloody murders later on in the play.
Human characteristics are attributed to animals, plants, inanimate objects, natural forces, or abstract ideas.Personification(I.2.42)
The repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words or within words.Alliteration (1.7.82)
Words spoken by a or within words.character in a play usually in an undertone and not intended to be heard by all.AsideI.iii.127
Speech or within words.or writing that departs from literal meaning in order to achieve a special effect or meaningFigurative Language
When an imaginary person or within words., an abstract concept, or an imaginary object is directly addressed.ApostropheAct II.i -Dagger Speech
Character or within words.speaks to himself or herself, relating thoughts and feelings, thereby also sharing them with the audience. Other characters are not aware of what is being saidSoliloquyII.ii.1
An extreme exaggeration used to make a point or within words.HyperboleII.ii.57-62
Monologue or within words. is presented by a single character, most often to express their mental thoughts aloud, though sometimes also to directly address another character or the audienceMonologue
Motifs are recurring structures, contrasts, and literary devices that can help to develop and inform the text’s major themes.
Symbols are objects, characters, figures, and colors used to represent abstract ideas or concepts.
Blood: Blood comes to symbolize their guilt, and they begin to feel that their crimes have stained them in a way that cannot be washed clean. (2.2.58–59) & (5.1.30–34)
Weather(Macbeth’s grotesque murder spree is accompanied by a number of unnatural occurrences in the natural realm. Violations of the natural order reflect corruption in the moral and political orders.)Symbolism
Who/what is the real antagonist in Macbeth?