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Oxymoron
Opposites and contradictions are used to reflect the disorder.
Soliloquy
One character speaking their thoughts aloud for the benefit of the audience; M uses to make audience complicit
Dramatic irony
Audience knows more than characters; audience knows D will die
Hamartia
Tragic flaw; M’s is that he is easily influenced and has ambition
Anagnorisis
Character’s recognition or the tragedy to come; M realises Macduff was born by cesarean
Peripetieia
Sudden reversal of fortune.
Rhyme
Used by the witches to create chant-like, supernatural atmosphere
Pathetic fallacy
unnatural events are usually echoed by unnatural weather
Chiasmus
Repetition of a phrase in reverse (fair is foul and foul is fair)