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One technique that Shakespeare uses is irony. Verbal irony is when a character says one thing but means the opposite. When a reader understands the irony of what a character is saying, then he can truly understand the nature and intentions of the character. An example of verbal irony is when Macbeth says to Banquo, "Tonight we hold a solemn supper, sir,/ And I'll request your presence" (Macbeth 3.1.13-14). The reader soon discovers that Banquo never makes it to the banquet because he is brutally murdered by order of Macbeth. Shakespeare also uses situation irony. This occurs when the results of an action or event are different than what is expected. An example of situation irony occurs when Macduff talks to Malcolm and discusses the tragedies that are taking place in Scotland. Without knowing that his own family has been slain Macduff says, " Each new morn/ New widows howl, new orphans cry, new sorrows/ Strike heaven on the face" (4.3.4-6). Ironically, Macduff comments about widows, while he is completely unaware that he is a widower himself. Irony
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- Macbeth says to Banquo, "Tonight we hold a solemn supper, sir,/ And I'll request your presence" ...
- Macbeth says, "What hands are here? Ha! They pluck out mine own eyes!/ Will all great Neptune's ocean wash the blood/ Clean from my hand?"
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