Paragraph on a metaphor from Lady Macbeth in Act 1 Scene 5.
Lady Macbeth is a character noted for her effective use of metaphors to express her cruel desires. After she receives a message that the King will be visiting her castle, she immediately calls on the witches to “unsex her” and to help her murder the King. At one point, she says “That my keen knife see not the wound it makes”. By comparing herself to a sharp knife, she is illustrating herself as who she desperately wants to be; a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to murder the King. However, the use of this metaphor shows that she does know right from wrong and she maybe feels some remorse for her future actions, because she says “see not the wound it makes”, which I interpret this as meaning “Don’t let me see the damage that I will inflict on Duncan and on the people affected by his death”. This metaphor shows that she wants to be a cruel, evil person and murder the king, but she is also still a human and may come to regret her actions in the future.
Alternate introduction: Lady Macbeth is a character noted for her effective use of metaphor. She uses this language technique many times throughout Shakespeare’s Macbeth to express her cruel desires and evil thoughts.