Metaphor Analysis-Shakespeare


  1. Locate a metaphor Shakespeare uses to express Lady Macbeth’s deep and dark desires.
  2. Explain this metaphor in the form of a paragraph.


Act 1, Scene 5: Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth is a lady in early times when men were the power and woman simply just did what they were told. Shakespeare creates the character: Lady Macbeth to challenge this proto-type and uses strong metaphors to get her cruel, disturbing desires across to the audience.

After Lady Macbeth reads the letter from Macbeth regarding the events that have occurred and the mortal knowledge that the witches foretell of him becoming the king, she yearns to be different and be a warrior and do what has to be done because she doesn’t have the faith that Macbeth has the spirit to be able to do it. As she tells: “That i may pour my spirits in thine ear.”

In this quote the author: Shakespeare is presenting a woman standing up for her believes, telling things as she wants them and being a strong independent woman whom can stand on her own two feet without the help of a man. Lady Macbeth wants to pour her words into Macbeth’s ear telling him of what needs to be done for the best outcome; pour her evils thoughts into him, refereeing to herself as a vile filled of poison – devious thoughts. In old times people use to pour poison in one’s ear to kill them – so in this quote Shakespeare could also be refereeing to how in telling Macbeth particular things she could get him killed or that she could be the reason for his death in the end.



One Comment

  1. I’m so excited to read your work because you always take a thoughtful independent perspective. In this case I appreciated the time you’ve taken to explore the context of the metaphor and the character of Lady Macbeth before hitting the core analysis. I also respect the choice not to use the starters I gave the class in the presentation the other day.

    Some feedback:

    1) When analysing literary texts, it’s a good idea to refer to the creator of the language as the author or playwright. So in this case it’s Shakespeare who is “presenting his ideas” (in this case, perhaps ideas about the role of women in society) though the character of Lady Macbeth.

    2) I don’t think you need to define what a metaphor actually is – I think you can safely assume anyone reading your paragraph will know and understand the term. This will allow you to concentrate on the analysis more directly.

    I look forward to reading the completed piece.



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