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What are the 4 things to which Macbeth compares life?

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grajgltudngyg | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 3, 2007 at 11:25 PM via web

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What are the 4 things to which Macbeth compares life?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 4, 2007 at 12:32 AM (Answer #1)

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Well, there's a problem: Macbeth compares life to more than four things.
He likens each day to a life in Act II scene 2, and refers to life as a "feast" in the same section.
In scene 3 he refers to the "wine" of life (blood).
When talking about Duncan after his death, he refers to life's "fitful fever," comparing life to an illness.
In one of his most famous speeches, Macbeth refers to life as a candle, a shadow, a player (actor), and "a tale /Told by an idiot."

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