Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Summary of Macbeth
Macbeth by William Shakespeare mirrors the classic trajectory of the tragic hero. A onceheroic figure in the society is stripped of reputation and power as a result of an inherent tragic
flaw. Shakespeare uses supernatural elements such as hallucination, prophecy, and witchcraft to
develop an ominous tone in the entire play. The supernatural elements are effectively enhanced
by imagery and fantastical language.
In the Macbeth, William Shakespeare has effectively interwoven rhetorical strategies to
create one of the convincing and interesting perspectives. Shakespeare has intertwined rhetorical
such as pathos, ethos, and logos, and kairos with alliteration, allusion, analogy, antimetabole,
anaphora, antanagoge, and antithesis to deliver one of the most interesting storylines. It is
undeniable that Shakespeare has managed to convince and persuade his audience to concentrate
on the play by effectively using rhetorical strategies.
Analysis of the Text
Macbeth by William Shakespeare, a renowned writer, was first published in the Folio of
1623. It clearly depicts the psychological and physical effects of political ambition on people
who seek power and influence for its own sake. Macbeth is well-written with a very informative
flow. It captures various scenarios of dramatic irony, punning, wordplay, and double entendres.
With the use of double-meaning and literary devices, Shakespeare allows his audience or readers
to have a prime insight into the deep mental state of certain aspects in the play.
Shakespeare uses alliteration to appeal to ethos and pathos. When Shakespeare says "O,
full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife!"(40), the audiences are taken to the world of imagination
and to think about scorpions in the minds. It engages the audience to utilize their mental aspects
to reason what Shakespeare might be implying. When Shakespeare alludes that "After life's fitful
fever he sleeps well" (25), it brings an interesting paradoxical in the play that makes it appealing
to the readers or audience. It is paradoxical in the sense that life in this context is a sickness in
which people recover by dying.
Shakespeare begins building credibility with personal facts and reputable logos by citing
convincing supernatural elements including hallucination, prophecy, and witchcraft to develop
an ominous tone in the entire play. Shakespeare set the stage for pathos when he says that "As
two spent swimmers that do cling together" (10). It appeals to pathos in the s...