Which literary devices used in Macbeth? Can i get it with example and justification??  i need it for my presentation...

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Macbeth is filled with imagery: visually descriptive figurative language.  There are many types:

Heaven vs. Hell: "I go, and it is done; the bell invites me. Hear it not, Duncan; for it is a knell That summons thee to heaven or to hell."

Sound: (as above); "...full of sound and fury signifying nothing..."

Bestial / animal: (Duncan's horses eating each other); ("the raven himself is hoarse...")

Bodily fluids (namely blood): "Can Neptune's great ocean wash the blood from these hands?"

Weather: "So foul and fair a day I have not seen"

Nature (unnatural): "I have drugg'd their possets, That death and nature do contend about them, Whether they live or die."

Equivocations (riddles, paradoxes): "Foul is fair and fair is foul."

Light vs. dark (fire): “The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step on which I must fall down or else o’erleap, for in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires; let not light see my black and deep desires”

Time (past vs. present): "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day."

Appearance vs. reality: "Look like the flower but be the serpent under't..."

Sickness / disease: (Lady M's sleepwalking); "Cure her of that..."

Gender (female vs. male): "Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between / The effect and it! Come to my woman’s breasts, / And take my milk for gall"

Clothing (crown, robes): "Why do you dress me is borrowed robes...?"