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The Use Of Literary Devices In Hamlet By William Shakespeare

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To understand and grasp the concept of literature, one must be able to identify the many uses of literary devices. Literary devices act as a key factor in the translation one makes of difficult sentences conducted throughout a piece of literature, as well as act as a bridge to assist one in the analysis of the specific piece. In the play Hamlet, one literary device that is prominently used is that of metaphors. For example, the text’s use of the sentence “the cock, that is the trumpet to the morn, doth with his lofty and shrill-sounding throat Awake the god of day, and, at his warning, whether in sea or fire, in earth or air,” (1.1.v.154-157) functions as a metaphor both literally and figuratively, by actually utilizing the rooster as a metaphor for the beginning of morning, while also using it as a symbol for a Holy substance. However, one might also argue and begin to claim that the crow of the rooster may symbolize the opposite, which is that the crow is the realization that one must have to come to their own terms of the wrong acts one has committed, and also pay the consequences.
The use of the quote in the text brings to light one of the deeper meanings, which is that the rooster acts as a metaphor for ‘the beginning of morning’ or just a new start in general. The rooster, and it’s crow specifically means the start of a new day in the play. For example, when the rooster is introduced in the play in Act 1, scene i, it is because it lets out a crow, signaling to the
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