Sunday, August 9, 2015

Shakespeare's Literary Devices #3: APOSTROPHE

Not to be confused with the punctuation mark.

A writer who uses this kind of apostrophe detaches from reality and addresses an imaginary person or object as though he, she, or it were actually present..

Shortly before murdering King Duncan, Macbeth imagines he sees a dagger and speaks to it as though it were a person:

 “Is this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle toward my hand?
Come, let me clutch thee!
I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.”