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Poetic Terms and MacBeth


A comparison using like or as.

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"And, to that dauntless temper of his mind,
He hath a wisdom that doth guide his valour
To act in safety.  There is none but he
Whose being I do fear; and under him
My genius is rebuk'd, as it is said
Mark Anthony's was by Caesar.  He chid the sisters
When first they put the name of kind upon me,
And bade them to speak to him; then, prophet-like,
They hail'd him father to a line of kings.
Upon my head they plac'd a fruitless crown,
And put a barren sceptre in my gripe,
Thence to be wrench'd with an unlineal hand,
No son of mine succeeding." III, i, 52-64.

MacBeth is talking about his fears about Banquo, with his son taking over the crown.  He then goes on to describe how the witches fortold him being king.  MacBeth is comparing himself to Mark Anthony,  who was in the shadow of Caesar, who was also a form of a king.


"Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore, So do our minutes hasten to their end." W. Shakespeare.

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