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O horror, horror, horror!

Macduff
O horror, horror, horror!Epizeuxis
Tongue nor heart cannot conceive nor name thee!Catachresis & Synecdoche
Macbeth and Lennox
What’s the matter?

Confusion now hath made his masterpiece.

Macduff
Confusion now hath made his masterpiece.Personification
Most sacrilegious murder hath broke ope
The Lord’s anointed temple and stole thence
The life o’ th’ building.Periphrasis

Macbeth
What is ’t you say? The life?
Lennox
Mean you his Majesty?
Macduff
Approach the chamber and destroy your sight
With a new Gorgon.Allusion
Do not bid me speak.
See and then speak yourselves.
   Macbeth and Lennox exit.
Awake, awake!Epizeuxis
Ring the alarum bell.—Murder and treason!Anapodoten
Banquo and Donalbain, Malcolm, awake!
Shake off this downy sleep, death’s counterfeit,
And look on death itself.Transferred Epithet & Apposition
Up, up, and seeEpizeuxis
The great doom’s image.Paraphrasis Malcolm, Banquo,
As from your graves rise up and walk like sprites
To countenance this horror.Simile
—Ring the bell.
   Bell rings. Enter Lady Macbeth.
Lady Macbeth
What’s the business,
That such a hideous trumpet calls to parley
The sleepers of the house? EpizeuxisSpeak, speak!Apposition

Macduff
O gentle lady,
’Tis not for you to hear what I can speak.
The repetition in a woman’s ear
Would murder as it fell.Synecdoche & Personification