Macbeth Act 5 Scene 5

How does Shakespeare use language to reinforce his idea in Macbeth?

Idea: brevity of life


Metaphor     out out brief candle

use of meter




Shakespeare, in his tragedy Macbeth, is preoccupied with the relationship between humanity and the forces in life beyond our control. Macbeth, who has just learned of his wife’s untimely death, considers his life to be “like a walking shadow”. It is in his use of metaphor, and the interplay between symbols of light and dark, that Shakespeare communicates this idea of the nature of death. In his metaphor “a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more”, Shakespeare is communicating that in life we follow the script wr

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