What are some literary elements in Act 3?

What are some literary elements in Act 3?

What are some literary elements in Act 3?

What are some literary elements in Act 3?

Act IIIs are usually the turning points in Shakespeare’s tragedies.  Here are the key shifts:Here, Macbeth goes even further toward the dark side: he killed his king in Act II, and now he kills his best friend Banquo.Also, Banquo (Macbeth’s foil) will become his doppelganger and literally haunt him.  He is a revenge ghost, another element of the supernatural.We begin to see the gender differences emerging.  Macbeth separates from Lady Macbeth (she does not plan Banquo’s murder).And, we have the foreshadowing of madness evident, particularly with Macbeth, even though Lady Macbeth will be afflicted more seveley. Foreshadowing: Banquo says, “Thou hast it now: king, Cawdor, Glamis, all, As the weird women promised, and, I fear, Thou play’dst most foully for’t:”Verbal Irony: Macbeth says, “I wish your horses swift and sure of foot; And so I do commend you to their backs. Farewell.”Soliloquy: Macbeth says, “To be thus is nothing; But to be safely thus….”Death/Sleep Imagery: Macbeth says, “In the affliction of these terrible dreamsThat shake us nightly: better be with the dead,Whom we, to gain our peace, have sent to peace,Than on the torture of the mind to lieIn restless ecstasy. Duncan is in his grave;After life’s fitful fever he sleeps well;Treason has done his worst: nor steel, nor poison,Malice domestic, foreign levy, nothing,Can touch him further.Blood / Death Imagery:Blood hath been shed ere now, i’ the olden time,Ere human statute purged the gentle weal;Ay, and since too, murders have been perform’dToo terrible for the ear: the times have been,That, when the brains were out, the man would die,And there an end; but now they rise again,With twenty mortal murders on their crowns,And push us from our stools: this is more strangeThan such a murder is.
What are some literary elements in Act 3?