What are some literary devices used in Act V of Macbeth?

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Literary devices are methods an author uses to emphasize a particular idea, action, or event or to convey his or her message. The use of these devices makes it possible for a reader to analyze and critically appraise the writer's effort and purpose.

Below are a few examples of such literary devices in Act V.

Juxtaposition

A great perturbation in nature, to receive at once
the benefit of sleep, and do the effects of
watching!

The doctor is here, in Scene 1, making a comment about Lady Macbeth's sleepwalking. He contrasts the act of sleeping with her acting as if she is awake. 

Hyperbole (exaggeration)

All the
perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little
hand.

Lady Macbeth, also in Scene 1, is exaggerating the fact that she seemingly cannot remove the smell of King Duncan's blood from her murderous hands. Its stench has become so immersed that it will be impossible to remove.

Metonymy

I would not have such a heart in my bosom for the
Dignity of the whole body.

Lady Macbeth 's gentlewoman, in Scene 1, is...

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