A metaphor used within Macbeth’s Act 2 Scene 1 is “a dagger of the mind,a false creation “. This metaphor gives us an idea of what Macbeth is thinking and of what he is doing. He knows he is going to kill Duncan but is having thoughts about when and how he is actually going to carry out the act. Macbeth does not like the idea of this and is disgusted by the idea. Shakespeare compares the actual dagger to the pain of the dagger to the mind meaning the thought of a dagger of worse than actually weilding the dagger. A false creation indicates that many people consider the act being more challenging then the thought but in this case Macbeth challenges it by saying that the thought Is more challenging as holding a dagger and killing someone can produce guilt in someone.


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