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Poetic Terms and MacBeth

Apostrophe
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This is when the person speaking isn't speaking to anyone present, or to something that is inanimate and can not answer.  An Apostrophe also contains old English words such as 'thy', or 'would'st".

"Out, damned spot!  out, I say! One;
two: why, then 'tis time to do 'i.  Hell is Murky! Fie,
my lord, fie! a soldier, and afeared?  What need we
fear who knows it, when none can call our power to
account?  Yet who would have thought the old man
to have so much blood in him?" V, i, 38-43.

This text displays an apostrophe because Lady MacBeth secretly does not want anyone to know of what she has done, but her subconscience knows that she needs to confess, and she does so in her sleep, to no one in particular.

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Cristen Kleindienst, English 11, Block A2, Mr. Brisebois, May 2005.