What are some important literary devices in Act Two, Scene 2 of Macbeth?

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Act 2, scene 2 of Macbeth is the scene immediately after Macbeth has murdered Duncan off-stage. The scene displays Macbeth's unstable mental state and Lady Macbeth's boldness in the aftermath of the murder. 

Early in the scene, when Macbeth enters the chamber, we see his uncertainty, paranoia, and instability through his use of questions and exclamations. For example, Macbeth keeps asking his wife if she's heard a noise. He appears panicked and troubled by what he's done.

When Macbeth looks at his hands and says, "This is a sorry sight," this is an example of foreshadowing Later in the play, Lady Macbeth's mental state deteriorates and she begins sleepwalking. One night, she is observed trying to wash her hands over and over again in order to clean imagined blood from them. Another example of foreshadowing in the scene is when Lady Macbeth tells her husband to stop obsessing over the details of the crime, because "it will make us mad." Of course, Lady Macbeth goes mad later in the play,...

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