The Tragedy Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare

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The Tragedy of Macbeth Literary Analysis
In the play The Tragedy of Macbeth, William Shakespeare uses satire as tone and irony as points of view to portray Macbeth’s unfortunately placed ambition and the manipulation that is used on him. His ambition to gain a higher status as king ends with consequences to himself and the others in his path. Shakespeare adds dramatic irony, verbal irony, and situational irony to keep the readers at the edge of their seats as well as engaged in each lie and mishap that Macbeth and his wife have to go through by will or by force. Satire is used to capture Macbeth’s confusion and doubt as well as the outcomes of his ambition. Shakespeare happens to use quite a bit of dramatic irony in his story by letting us know something that the characters don’t. Toward the beginning of the story, Macbeth and his wife Lady Macbeth act overall pleasantly to King Duncan. When he stays at their castle, not only does he sound thankful to be there but Lady Macbeth welcomes him with open arms. King Duncan enters their home with a thoughtful, “This castle hath a pleasant seat; the air nimbly and sweetly recommends itself unto our gentle senses.” (l.l. 1-3, pg. 37). As we continue reading though, we discover that Lady Macbeth now has sour and unpleasant feelings towards the king. She even plans his murder without any regret. But thinking back to when he first got to the castle, she tells him, “All our service… We rest your hermits.” (l.l. 14-20, pg. 38). We can…
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