20 literary devices and the authors purpose in Hamlet Act 1, Scene 2. Lines 1-40

metaphor page 20, line 2 “The memory be green” This shows that hamlet found his father dead and this memory is still fresh in his mind.
personification page 20, line 6 “wisest sorrow” To make sure it is known that sorrow is needed since his brother died.
antiptosis page 20, line 4 “brow of woe” the source of the woe is more important than the woe itself.
oxymoron page 20, line 12 “mirth in funeral” there is always going to be someone happy about the death of another.
oxymoron page 20, line 12 “dirge in marriage” there is always going to be someone sad about the marriage of another.
Alliteration page 20 line 13 “In equal scale weighing delight and dole” delight and dole are being compared because they will always be equal in all situations.
elision page 20, line 14 “Nor have we herein barr’d” They haven’t been captured or locked away.
negation page 20, line 14 “Nor have we herein barr’d” explaining something that has not happened.
Anaphora page 21, line 34 “You, good Cornelius, and you, Voltimad” shows the importance of these two characters.
Anaphora Page 21, line 39 “Farewell, and let your haste commend your duty” The task is important and the need to be quick as well as careful.
negation page 21, line 36 “Giving to you no further personal power” They will get nothing in return, this makes it seem more noted.
alliteration page 21, line 36 “Giving to you no further personal power” Personal power is extremely important in this time period so it needs to be known they they will gain nothing.

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