“Your hand, your tongue: look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under’t” – Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth uses this metaphor to describe her malicious and corrupt intentions. During this passage Lady Macbeth receives a letter from Macbeth informing her about the prophecy that the witches told him. Lady Macbeth becomes power hungry and then reveals her plan to the audience about how she wants to execute King Duncan. She says: “Your hand, your tongue: look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under’t.” This means that she wants to appear humble and friendly towards the king similar to a flower but underneath she is bloodthirsty and ready to kill like a serpent. This is a metaphor because she is directly comparing herself to a flower and a serpent.

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