What are some literary devices used in Act V?

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In Act V, Scene 3 of Macbeth there are also the following:


Macbeth asks the doctor, "Cleanse the stuffed bosom of that perilous stuff/Which weights upon the heart?" (heart represents the soul)


Macbeth says,

"And with some sweet oblivous antitdote..." (repetition of /s/)

"Thou lily-livered boy..." (repetition of /l/)


Macbeth:  "Go prick thy face and over red thy fear"


Macbeth:  "As honor, love, obedience, troops of friends,/I must not look to have; but, in their stead,/Curses not loud byt deep, mouth -honor, breath..."  (repetition of vowel /o/)


Macbeth: "Curses not loud but deep, mouth-honor, breath,/Which the poor heart would fain deny, and dare not." (the heart denies, but only a person can deny)

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Macbeth Act V, iii contains the following literary devices:

Nature Imagery: "Till Birnam Wood remove to Dunsinane I cannot taint with fear."

Alliteration: "Then fly, false thanes,"

Hell Imagery: "The devil damn thee black, thou cream-faced loon!"

Verbal Irony (understatement): "Geese, villain?"

Metaphor: "Those linen cheeks of thine Are counselors to fear."

Natural Imagery / Metaphor: My way of life Is fall'n into the sear, the yellow leaf,"

Verbal Irony (sarcasm): "Therein the patient Must minister to himself."

Disease Imagery: "The water of my land, find her disease And purge it to a sound and pristine health,"

Situational Irony: "Come, put mine armor on;" and then "Pull't off, I say."

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