Figurative Language In Act 2 Macbeth

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Act 2 from Macbeth is a very captivating and significant section of the book. It encompasses of King Duncan’s murder by Macbeth, so he could become King. Prior to the killing, Macbeth had an excentric hallucination of a blood-stained dagger that epitomised, to Macbeth, to go and murder Duncan. The next day, Macbeth blamed Duncan’s attendants for the killing. In fear of being killed Duncan’s sons, Malcom (who was heir to the throne) and Donalbain, flee the country. Due to them departing so expeditiously Macduff had believed that they murdered their father. Hence, Macbeth was to be crowned King of Scotland. The characters in this act said several powerful and eloquent quotes. Some of the most significant of them were: • “There’s husbandry in…show more content…
It tells the reader that he is very tired and wants to sleep, but he cannot do so. This is because he is thinking about the prophecy, which the witches had told him and Macbeth, and is afraid. I like this quote a lot because of its use of figurative language. The text states that ‘heaven’s candles are all out’. This metaphor means that there are no stars in the sky. It is effective because it shows the reader the beauty of stars, since it compares it with ‘heaven’s candles’. He also calls to the ‘merciful powers’ to prevent the evil thoughts (the prophecy) from entering his brain. • “To feeling as to … the heat-oppressed brain?” (Act 2 Scene 1) This quote is an extract from Macbeth’s soliloquy when he was hallucinating about the blood-stained dagger. This part of the soliloquy shows us that he is committed into killing Duncan to become King. If he did not want to do it he would not have had such a detailed and realistic dream. In this quote he discovers that this dagger is a ‘dagger of the mind, a false creation’. He also said that it originated from the heat-oppressed brain’. This means that this thought came from a feverish and ill brain. I admire this quote because of the use of words, eg. ‘heat-oppressed
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