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In Macbeth, give one example of how figurative language enhances the setting?

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marrisavandorn | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 9, 2010 at 12:21 PM via web

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In Macbeth, give one example of how figurative language enhances the setting?

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kumudini1962 | College Teacher | eNoter

Posted August 10, 2010 at 2:42 PM (Answer #1)

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Shakespeare's language is innately fighurative. In Macbeth his language has helped to enhance the setting. Macbeth is a story of evil, death and violence. Therefore the drama is enacted in a setting which enhances horror, suspense, doubt in the minds of the audience. In order to achieve this effect Shkespeare has used a kind of language packed with many layers of meanings. Use of images of darkness and light, Blood and death, graves and abnormal conditions of human beings such as sleep walking hallucination, supernatural element such as the witches and ghosts, the floating daggger etc have contributed to create an appropriate setting for the effective presentation of his theme.

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