Macbeth – Act 1, Scene 5 Metaphor

In Lady Macbeth’s soliloquy, she says “And fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full of direst cruelty”. In this metaphor, she compares herself to bottle or cup by using the word “fill”. She does this so the evil spirits she is calling to will fill her with “direst cruelty” like it is a liquid…

 

One Reply to “Macbeth – Act 1, Scene 5 Metaphor”

  1. This is a succinct explanation of the effect of this metaphor. To develop this further, you might wish to expand on the context a little, or explore why Shakespeare chose this particular metaphor (why a liquid rather than a combat weapon, for example?) or expand on why Shakespeare chose metaphor rather than more direct language.

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