What literary techniques are used in Act 5 Scene 5 of Macbeth, and how do they impact the readers?

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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

dusty death

and to show the passing of time he uses repetition

tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow

out out

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

Signifying nothing

The e notes study guide and questions will help you understand the literary devices and their uses throughout Macbeth.