Macbeth Rhetorical Analysis Essay

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In William Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth, Macbeth truthfully expresses that life is ultimately repetitive and meaningless towards the actions that lead to death. Claiming that life is short and easily extinguished from his reaction towards Lady Macbeth’s apparent suicide. Shakespeare applies rhetorical elements to emphasize Macbeth’s responsiveness to the concept of life and death. Initially, Shakespeare commences with repetition of the word “tomorrow” thrice to accentuate the hopeless future Macbeth perceives. “Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow” (Act 5. Scene 5. Line 19). Shakespeare utilizes the element to allude that life is repetitive and continues hopelessly. Macbeth at this point is more likely to distance his efforts into being king away from the future that awaits him. The efforts that Macbeth prepared to take King Duncan’s throne wasn’t…show more content…
“Creeps in this petty pace from day to day.” (Act 5. Scene 5. Line 20.) Macbeth comprehends that life is in multiple forms in ways that humans never expect. Expressing life as a figure that “creeps in this petty pace”, Macbeth vocally suggests that life is too easy to get a grasp on. However, the word usage of “creeps” as if life is a person, an example of personification. Furthermore, Shakespeare shifts the tone from clinical to expectant for Macbeth’s attitude on life. “And all our yesterdays have lighted fools/ The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!” (Act 5. Scene 5. Line 22-24). Regarding the quote, Macbeth is now expecting that whatever his next intentions are for the throne makes him a fool in life even leading him to an unfortunate death. Shakespeare stealthily implies that candles are extinguished the same way life can be easily annihilated. A hopeless tone is portrayed through the repetition usage from Line 22: “And all our yesterdays have lighted
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