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What are examples of literary devices in Macbeth Act 1?

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molive94 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 12, 2011 at 7:48 AM via web

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What are examples of literary devices in Macbeth Act 1?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 12, 2011 at 7:46 PM (Answer #1)

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You might like to examine a scene such as Act I scene 2 and focus on the literary devices that this scene contains. One of the notable examples of literary devices is the way that the Captain reports the deeds of Macbeth in battle and how he is compared to various things to emphasise his valour, bravery and skill in warfare. Note the following examples of similes:

Doubtful it stood;

As two spent swimmers, that do cling together

And choke their art.

Here the Captain describes the fight between the two sides and how close it was, comparing the armies to two exhausted swimmers who can not beat the other because of their fatigue. However, it is Macbeth, who enters "like Valour's minion" who wins the day and tips the balance of the battle.

These are some of the examples of literary devices in this scene, but there are plenty of others, so hopefully now that I have shown you what you are looking for you can go back and identify other examples of literary devices in Act I. Good luck!

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kutefairytale | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 3, 2012 at 9:11 AM (Answer #2)

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I was able to find a few in Act I scene i as well as scene ii.

Act I scene i:

"Fair is foul, and foul is fair" is an example of a chiasmus

"when the battles lost and won" forshadowing

"when the hurlyburly's done, when  the battle is lost and won"- end ryhme

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Act I scene ii;

"showed like a rebel's whore"- simille

there are ALOT of similies in scene ii, I'm sure you can find them!

Hope this helped!

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thewaiter | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 6, 2012 at 7:00 AM (Answer #3)

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