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In act 2 scene 3 identify and explain an example of verbal irony.

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In act 2 scene 3 identify and explain an example of verbal irony.

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 Macduff and Lennox arrive the next morning after the murder, and Macbeth acts as if nothing happened. He shows Macduff to Duncan's room, and discusses the night before with Lennox. Lennox is describing the rough night he had. He says he heard screams of death, and Macbeth comments, ''Twas a rough night" . This is an example of verbal irony because it seems to Lennox that Macbeth is commiserating with him, when in actuality, he is commenting on his own murderous night.

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Additionally, he states that he did "kill them," and while the others believe he is strictly speaking about the guards, the fact is that "them" also includes King Duncan.

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