Explain the clothing metaphors.Macbeth's reaction takes the form of a metaphor: why do you dress me  In borrowed robes Explain this metaphor. The clohes metaphor is used throughout the play. Pay...

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A metaphor compares two unlike things without using "like" or "as."

So, the metaphor in Macbeth's question,"Why do you dress me / In borrowed robes?" is the Thane of Cawdor's title. A "robe" is a symbol of royalty and authority, like the title of a thane.  And the word "borrowed" reveals that Macbeth does not know that the Thane of Cawdor is a traitor and who has been stripped of his title by King Duncan, and soon will be executed. Macbeth believes that the Thane of Cawdor still lives, so it comes as a complete surprise to Macbeth.

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