Hamlet Act 3 Literary Devices

“To be, o not to be, that is the question” antithesis
“It hath the primal eldest curse upon’t” allusion to Cain and Abel story
“I am myself indifferent honest, but I could accuse me of such things that it were better my mother nor borne me.” paradox
“Oh, my offense is rank. It smells to heaven” metaphor
“He took my father’s grossly full bread, with all his crimes broad blown, as flush as May” imagery
“Mother, mother, mother” epizeuxis
“Thus conscience does make cowards of us all” personification
“Tis now the very witching time of night, when churchyards yawn and hell itself breaks out contagion to this world” imagery, personification
“Though inclination be as sharp as will” simile
“These words, like daggers, enter in mine ears” simile
“any my imaginations are as foul as Vulcan’s stithy” allusion, simile
“To die, to sleep, to sleep” anaphora
“Suit the action to the word, the word to the action” chiasmus
“lights, lights, lights” epizeuxis
“O heart, lose not thy nature. Let not ever the soul of Nero entier this firm bosom” allusion
“I must be cruel, only to be kind” paradox
“nor do we find him forward to be sounded, but with crafty madness keeps aloof” oxymoron
“If thou dost marry, I’ll give thee this plague for thy dowry: be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny” simile
“Let him queen-mother all alone entreat him…Let her be round with him…If she find him not, to England send him, or confine him” epistrophe
“For anything so overdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end both at the first and now, was and is to hold, as ’twere, the mirror up to nature, to show virtue her own feature, scorn her own image, add the very age and body of the time his form and pressure” asyndeton
“Excellent, i’faith, of the chameleon’s dish. I eat the air, promised-crammed. You cannot feed capons so.” metaphor
“Full thirty times hath Phoebus’ cart gone round/Neptune’s salt wash and Tellus’ orbed ground” allusions
“Now could I drink hot blood and do such bitter business as the day would quake to look on” hyperbole, imagery
“How in my words somever she be shent, to give them seals never, my soul, consent” heroic couplet
“And that his soul may be damned and black as hell, were to it goes, my mother stays, this physic but prolongs thy sickly days” simile