Language and Dramatic Techniques in Macbeth Flashcards

How is dark imagery used in Macbeth?

The play is filled with dark and sinister imagery, reflecting the tragic and bloody events.

The line “Fair is foul, and foul is fair” sets the tone for the deceit and treachery throughout the play.

What is the significance of the witches’ prophecies in Macbeth?

The witches’ prophecies are cryptic and play on the theme of appearance versus reality. They give Macbeth false confidence, such as the prophecy that no man born of a woman can harm him, which is later revealed to be misleading.

What is a soliloquy, and how is it used in Macbeth?

A soliloquy is a speech where a character expresses their thoughts aloud, typically when alone on stage.

In Macbeth, soliloquies provide insight into characters’ innermost feelings and conflicts, such as Macbeth’s contemplation of murdering Duncan.

What is an example of dramatic irony in Macbeth?

An example is when Duncan comments on the pleasant environment of Macbeth’s castle, unaware that Macbeth plans to murder him. The audience knows this, making Duncan’s comment deeply ironic and heightening the sense of impending doom.

How does Macbeth’s soliloquy in Act 1, Scene 7 reflect his inner conflict?

Macbeth visualises a dagger before him, symbolising his intent to murder King Duncan. The soliloquy reveals his inner turmoil and psychological conflict as he wrestles with his conscience about the planned murder.

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