What areĀ five hyperboles in Macbeth?

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I'm sure you can find more than five, but Malcom's deceptive descriptions of himself to Macduff in Act IV scene iii should suffice. With each argument Macduff provides for Malcom's becoming king of Scotland, Malcom provides a scathing, hyperbolic image. "...black Macbeth will seem as pure as snow...being compared to my confineless harms." (52-54) "...there's no bottom, none, in my voluptuousness..." (60-61) "a stanchless avarice" (78) "I should pour the sweet milk of concord into he'll, uproar the universal peace, confound all unity on earth." (97-99) Macduff responds to all of this: "Fit to govern! No, not to live!" All of these (and more if you look for them) are pretty extreme exaggerations.