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

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nikifal | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 20, 2007 at 1:53 AM via web

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

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted October 20, 2007 at 2:38 AM (Answer #1)

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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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leagye | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted October 21, 2007 at 10:22 AM (Answer #3)

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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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