Rhetorical Analysis on Macbeth

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Laica Clerge Mr. MCAlmount A.P. English December 19 2011 Rhetorical analysis on Shakespeare Macbeth Shakespeare’s Macbeth edited by Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine is a story of betrayal manipulation and greed. The story shows the reader an impact of the horror at the darkness in humans. Shakespeare use’s rhetorical devices such as imagery, irony, foreshadowing and aside. The devices make a suspenseful, shocking, spine-chilling play. This book is nothing short of ironic; Shakespeare uses the rhetorical device irony all threw Macbeth. For example the thane of Cawdor is killed over committing treason and treachery against the king, only to give the title to Macbeth who plans to commit worst things to the king. The king even goes on to state after killing the thane of Cawdor that “There's no art to find the mind's construction in the face He was a gentleman on whom I built an absolute trust” (I.IV.15). To then put his trust in Macbeth only to be betrayed by him. Shakespeare uses imagery in many ways one way he uses it is when using the term of light and darkness. For an example whenever anything terrible is about to take place the r cover of night is implemented. For an instance when Lady Macbeth called on the thick night. “Come, thick night, and pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell, that my keen knife see not the wound it makes” (I. V. 56). The darkness that Lady Macbeth called upon seems to be the cruelty that she needs to commit her Duncan’s death. This then lets the readers see the image of the scene about to unfold in their mind. Foreshadowing and aside are both Rhetorical devices used Macbeth but they are used in different manners. Foreshadowing plays an important role in Macbeth because most of the action of the play is hinted at before it happens. The three witches have a heavy hand in the foreshadowing because their prophecies are the

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