What literary techniques are used in Act 5 Scene 5 of Macbeth, and how do they impact the readers?
Macbeth abounds with visual images created through the clever use of literary devices. Macbeth's comparison between life and
a brief candle,
indicate his desperation on learning of his wife's death.
Macbeth uses alliteration
and to show the passing of time he uses repetition
tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow
also revealing the meaninglessness of time.The metaphorical meaning leaves the reader in no doubt as to Macbeth's mood:
the existential bleakness
Life is personified in Macbeth's soliloquoy as it
"struts" and "frets."
Metaphor is used extensively when life itself is compared to
an idiotic story:
....It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
The e notes study guide and questions will help you understand the literary devices and their uses throughout Macbeth.