Lady Macbeth – Metaphor.

In Act 1, Scene 5 of William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth uses metaphors to express her deep and dark desires. Lady Macbeth receives the letter from Macbeth tell of the witches foretelling that he will become King. She then receives the news that King Duncan is coming to her battlements that night. She fears that Macbeth is to kind to the King and uses the metaphor “Fill me from crown to toe top-full of direst cruelty.” She directly comparing herself to a bottle and that she is being filled from her toes to the crest of her head of evil in order to kill the King. I believe that she has related herself to a bottle because like a bottle she is being filled up with evil. In another metaphor she used, “that I may pour thee spirits in thine ear.”

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  1. This is a good start towards the analysis of the metaphors Shakespeare uses. You’ve set up the context and explanation well, and yes, you have explored the literal and figurative meaning of your chosen metaphor – the next step is the expand on why choose that particular metaphor. Why a bottle? why poison? Why be filled up? What will she do with it next? etc.

    Let me know if you need my help working on the next part


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