Literary Terms in Macbeth act 1

alliteration “fair is foul and foul is fair” “and yet wouldst wrongly win”
metaphor “if you can look into the seeds of time and say which grain will grow and which will not” “and often times, to win us our harm, the instruments of darkness tell us truths”
allusion “Except they meant to bathe in reeking wounds or memorize another Golgotha””Till that Bellona’s bridegroom, lapped in proof”
oxymoron (two words) “Sightless substances” “Murd’ring ministers”
foreshadow “Sleep shall neither night nor day hang upon his penthouse lid””and often times, to win us our harm, the instruments of darkness tell us truths”
personification “stars hide your fire let not light see my black and deep desires” “nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark to cry hold hold!”
paradox “when the battle is lost and won””fair is foul and foul is fair”
motivation “the ignorant present and I feel now the future in the instant””the prince of cumberland! that is a step in which I must fall down or else o’erleap”
irony “There’s no art/to find the mind’s construction in the face/he was a gentleman on who I built””our duties are to your throne and state children and servants”
pun “if it were done when ’tis done then ’twere well it were done quickly”

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