Appearance Vs Reality In Macbeth Research Paper

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Appearances vs. Reality in Macbeth Macbeth is well renowned tragedy among many English Scholars, and was written by Shakespeare in 1606. There are many different themes portrayed throughout the play. Fair is foul, and foul is fair, is a phrase in the beginning of the play that introduces one of the most prominent themes. This theme is used by Shakespeare to blur the line between what is thought to be, and what is. The theme Appearances vs. Reality is a large theme in the play Macbeth, and is vastly shown through characters: Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, and the three witches. Macbeth appears to be honorable strong man in the beginning of the play and fights for King Duncan, "For brave Macbeth...with his brandished steel...faced the slave...nev'r…show more content…
To the public Lady Macbeth tries to appear as an ordinary lady and faints when she hears of Duncan's murder, "Help me hence, ho!"(II.iii.112). Lady Macbeth puts on an act of toughness for Macbeth. When Macbeth is second guessing Duncan's murder he says, "If we should fail?" Lady Macbeths response is, "We fail?"(I.vii.59). Neither one of these is how Lady Macbeth really is. Secretly she is haunted by the murder. Lady Macbeth sleepwalks and speaks her guilt aloud," ... will these hands ne'er be clean...All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand...What's done cannot be undone" (V.i.38-59). Of all the characters in the play, Lady Macbeth is the most deceptive of them…show more content…
"All hail Macbeth...Thane of Glamis...Thane of Cawdor...shalt be king hereafter" (I.iii.48-50). In reality they are hurting Macbeth. When Macbeth learns this he becomes over ambitions and kills Duncan. Towards the end of the play the witches tell him three apparitions, one of which states, "The pow'r of man, for none of woman born, Shall harm Macbeth" (IV.i.80-81). Macbeth thinks to himself that all men are born of a woman. He then feels invincible and does not flee when his castle is being attacked. Little does he know, Macduff was born via C-section," Tell thee, Macduff was from his mother's womb, Untimely ripped"(V.viii.15-16). The witches appeared at first to be helping Macbeth, but in reality they were the cause for his

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