Macbeth: Quotation Analysis (Act 1, Scenes 1-3) 1. Explain the literary device used when the sergeant reveals Macbeth’s victory in“ Except they meant to bathe in reeking wounds,/ or memorize another Golgotha” (1.2.43-44). The literary device used in the quotation is metaphor and allusion. In the first part of the quotation metaphor is used, it states “except they meant to bathe in reeking wounds”, which is telling a situation in comparison to be another, whereas people are not bathe in the reeking wounds but sergeant is imagining that they would. Allusion is existing in the last part of the quotation; it states “memorize another Golgotha”, which is referencing that they would become as one of the event happened in the pass.
2. Explain the significance of Macbeth’s first line in the play when he says “So foul and fair a day I have not seen” (1.3.39). The quotation is stating the day is strange that it is good and bad in the same time, which is significance because it shows that the people are joyous because Macbeth is very courageous that he gains victory toward the fight brings up from a betrayer but meanwhile, there is thunders and lightning which symbolizes something will be happening in the future and that the atmosphere is very unstable whereas the kingdom is unstable as well.
3. What does the quotation “Stay, you imperfect speakers, tell me more” (1.3.72) say about Macbeth? The quotation shows that Macbeth is very ambitious that he wants to gain more power and become a king to overrule others, once he knows something about his future he desires to learn more of it to insure that everything would works perfectly for him.
4. Translate this quotation into modern English.
That, trusted home, 131Might yet enkindle you unto the crown,Besides the Thane of Cawdor. But ‘tis strange,And oftentimes, to win...
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