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Personification in Macbeth

Personification Examples in Macbeth:

"chance(155) may crown me..."   (Act I - Scene III)

Allowing chance the ability to crown Macbeth is an example of personification, or giving human characteristics to non-human or non-living things. Ascribing such qualities to things like fate and death are fairly common devices in literature.

"wither'd Murder..."   (Act II - Scene I)

This is an example of personification, attributing human qualities to non-human or abstract things, in which the act of Murder is portrayed as a thin and ghostlike man.

"Some say the earth Was feverous and did shake..."   (Act II - Scene III)

This description of a "fevered" earth personifies it, describing it as sick and shaking with the unnatural death of Duncan.

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