Macbeth Act IV Organizer Chart

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Devices/ Question/ Comment:

1) Rhetorical Question:

This device is used commonly through out this act: here are a few examples:

1. "Then live, Macduff: What need I fear of thee?" (By: Macbeth) (IV, i, 82)

2. "Unfix his earth-bound root? Sweet bodements!" (By: Macbeth) (IV, i, 96)

3. "Why sink that cauldron? And what noise is that?" (By: Macbeth) (IV, i, 106)

2) Symbolism

1. "Thunder. Second apparition: a bloody child." (IV, i, 77)

The bloody child symbolizes Macduff, who was "from his mother womb/untimely ripped."

2. " Thunder. Third apparition: a child crowned, with a tree in his hand."

(IV, i, 87-88)

The crowned child symbolizes Malcolm, the rightful heir, is holding in his hand a branch such as he later in the play's strategy in concealing the numbers of his army.

3) Alliteration

1. "Double, double, toil and trouble;" (by the witches) (IV, i, 10)

2. "Fillet of a fenny snake, in the cauldron boil and bake;" (by the witches)

(IV, I, 12-13)

4) Anaphora

1. "Though bladed corn be lodged, and trees be blown down,

Though castles topple on their warders; heads;

Though palaces and pyramids do slope"

2. "Show! Show! Show! Show his eyes, and grieve his heart," (by the witches)

(IV, I, 117-119)