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What are some examples of personification, paradox and alliteration in Act 1 of Macbeth? I found examples of metaphors and similies to be easy, but these ones were harder to find.

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A paradox is a statement that appears to be contradictory but contains a hidden truth. In the opening scene of the play, the witches discuss when they will meet Macbeth. One of the witches utilizes a paradox by saying, "When the battle’s lost and won" (Shakespeare, 1.1.4). This statement is considered a paradox because the outcome of a battle is typically either a win or a loss. However, the witches understand that Macbeth's victories will eventually become terrible losses. After he attains the throne, his wife will commit suicide, he will be filled with guilt, and, eventually, he will die at the hands of Macduff.

Personification is when an idea, animal, or inanimate object is given human attributes. In act 1, scene 2, the Captain personifies "fortune" by telling King Duncan , "And fortune, on his...

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