Ch 2: Macbeth Literary Analysis & Devices

About This Chapter

The Macbeth Literary Analysis & Devices chapter of this Macbeth by William Shakespeare Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study the storyline of this play and the literary devices used to tell it. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand this literary analysis and the use of literary devices in this story.

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Anyone who needs help learning or mastering literary devices and analysis of Macbeth material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to analyze this play and identify the key literary devices used in it. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
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  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

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  • Watch each video in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the Macbeth Literary Analysis & Devices chapter exam.

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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the story of Macbeth and the literary devices featured in it for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Defining aside, tragic hero and tragic flaw
  • Examples of hyperbole, allusions, foreshadowing and irony in Macbeth
  • Determining Macbeth's status as a tragic hero
  • Identifying the use of motifs, metaphors, symbols, and imagery in the play
  • The presence of personification and alliteration throughout Macbeth
  • Analysis of the paradox presented in the story
  • Literary criticisms received of Macbeth

19 Lessons in Chapter 2: Macbeth Literary Analysis & Devices
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Aside (Literary Term): Definition & Examples

1. Aside (Literary Term): Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn how an aside can affect the plot and perception of a drama. Classic and modern examples are used to illustrate the helpfulness of the aside.

Tragic Flaw: Definition & Examples

2. Tragic Flaw: Definition & Examples

This lesson focuses on the tragic flaw of characters in literature. Read on to learn the definition of a tragic flaw and go over examples, both in modern and classic literature.

Tragic Flaw in Macbeth: Quotes & Analysis

3. Tragic Flaw in Macbeth: Quotes & Analysis

William Shakespeare's play 'Macbeth' is about Lord and Lady Macbeth's tragically flawed decision to murder the King of Scotland and take his title. In this video, we'll look at how tragic flaws doom the Macbeths.

Tragic Hero: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

4. Tragic Hero: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

You may have cried and rooted for a few tragic figures in your lifetime, but do you know what this term really entails? Watch this video lesson to learn more about these dramatic figures and meet a few exemplary individuals.

Is Macbeth a Tragic Hero?

5. Is Macbeth a Tragic Hero?

This lesson will cover the reason why Macbeth from Shakespeare's famous play, ''Macbeth'', is a debated tragic hero. We'll explore the argument that shows he is a tragic hero by proving his stature and greatness, his tragic flaw, and his downfall.

Motifs in Macbeth

6. Motifs in Macbeth

This lesson examines motifs in Williams Shakespeare's ''Macbeth''. The motifs are used to emphasize the play's major themes and to depict the consequences of political chaos.

Hyperbole in Macbeth

7. Hyperbole in Macbeth

''Macbeth,'' like all of works by William Shakespeare, includes many striking uses of figurative language. This lesson will examine several examples of one particular type of figurative language: hyperbole.

Metaphors in Macbeth

8. Metaphors in Macbeth

In this lesson we will learn about metaphors and how Shakespeare uses them in the play ''Macbeth''. We will learn about some of the metaphors in Macbeth and what the imagery in those metaphors mean in the play.

Symbols in Macbeth

9. Symbols in Macbeth

Macbeth is a Shakespearean tragedy following the rise and fall of Macbeth, Thane of Cawdor. In this lesson, we will take a look at blood, sleep, and weather as three major symbols used throughout the play.

Imagery in Macbeth

10. Imagery in Macbeth

William Shakespeare uses imagery, or symbolic language that evokes a visual image, to emphasize the main themes in 'Macbeth.' This lesson will discuss the examples of clothing and blood to represent duality and guilt.

Allusions in Macbeth: Examples & Significance

11. Allusions in Macbeth: Examples & Significance

Allusions are used by authors as metaphors or similes. In his play 'Macbeth,' William Shakespeare uses many allusions to add description. In this lesson, we will define allusion and then focus on the mythological and biblical allusions used by Shakespeare.

Foreshadowing in Macbeth

12. Foreshadowing in Macbeth

This lesson explores the narrative technique of foreshadowing in Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'. At the end of the lesson, you can test your knowledge of Shakespeare's use of foreshadowing in his famous tragedy.

Alliteration in Macbeth

13. Alliteration in Macbeth

Shakespeare's play 'Macbeth' includes numerous examples of alliteration. This lesson will provide examples of alliteration in each of the play's five acts, as well as the various functions of alliteration within the play.

Irony in Macbeth

14. Irony in Macbeth

This lesson shows examples of both situational and dramatic irony in William Shakespeare's 'Macbeth.' Readers tend to understand Lady Macbeth and Macbeth thanks to dramatic irony, and the suspense of the work is heightened by the use of situational irony.

Paradox in Macbeth: Examples & Analysis

15. Paradox in Macbeth: Examples & Analysis

William Shakespeare's play 'Macbeth' contains many examples of paradoxes. In this lesson, we will look at the paradoxes made in Act I and explain how they relate to the major themes of the play.

Personification in Macbeth

16. Personification in Macbeth

Personification is a literary device used by authors to give human characteristics to non-human objects. In this lesson, we'll look at how William Shakespeare uses personification in his play 'Macbeth' and explore how it emphasizes the characters' personal struggles.

Macbeth Literary Criticism

17. Macbeth Literary Criticism

Like all of Shakespeare's plays, 'Macbeth' has intrigued generations of literary critics. This lesson will examine some of the most popular critical approaches to the play.

Macbeth Vocabulary: Words & Definitions

18. Macbeth Vocabulary: Words & Definitions

The lesson discusses the difficult words in Shakespeare's tragedy 'Macbeth' by Shakespeare. 'Macbeth' is full of difficult words for many reasons, including the following: Shakespeare liked to create his own words and shorten others; it is written in the style of Early Modern English; it contains Greek and Christian symbolic allusions; and it reflects a reliance on Scottish vocabulary.

Macbeth Vocabulary Flashcards

Macbeth Vocabulary Flashcards

Do you find it difficult to read Shakespeare? If you struggle to understand the language in ''Macbeth'', use these flashcards to test your knowledge of the definitions of some of the more challenging words.

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