Macbeth Project

7 Literary Devices

(#1.) Hyperbole

Hyperbole - Exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally, for example: "Thy crown does scar mine eye-balls" or;"This tyrant, whose sole name blisters our tongues.", every one knows that a crown isn't going to scar someones eye-ball if they look at it, or that someone will get blisters on their tongue from saying someones name. these are an exaggerations that mean a form of disgust or disdain for someone or something.

(#2.) Metaphor

Metaphor - a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable, for example; "As two spent swimmers that do cling together" , a comparison of two men fighting in battle to two swimmers both of whom are tired from their "work".

(#3.) Allusion

Allusion - an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference, for example;

(#4.) Irony

Irony - the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect, for example;

(#5.) Alliteration

Alliteration - the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. for example;

(#6.) Simile

Simile - a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make a description more emphatic or vivid. for example;

(#7.) Imagery

Imagery - visually descriptive or figurative language, especially in a literary work: for example;