Motif Of Appearance Vs Reality In Macbeth

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The motif of appearance versus reality is essential to Macbeth because he differs from his true being. Macbeth pertains himself to be wise and strong, but internally he is genuinely weak. When Macbeth first confronts the witches’ prediction, he states; “Come what come may, time and the hour runs through the roughest day" (I.3.147). Macbeth basically says that fortune may come to him later in the future, but actually good fortune will occur eventually by itself. At the start, Macbeth wants to appear noble and strong, but at the end, he truly contradicted himself by selfishly killing men to achieve what he expects: King of Scotland. This demonstrates his deficient weakness because Macbeth trusts what the three exotic witches inform him. Not only is Macbeth weak towards the witches but also his wife, Lady Macbeth. He goes to his wife…show more content…
Her actions appear heartless and strong towards others, but actually is impotent mentally. When Macbeth stands beside Lady Macbeth along with her anxious breakdown during the banquet instead proclaims, “At once, good-night; Stand not upon the order of your going, But go at once” (III.4.117-119). This employs Lady Macbeth to instead of trying to relieve Macbeth, she demandingly orders delirious Macbeth to go directly to bed before he creates a more tragic scene. Macbeth turns to his wife for help, but Lady Macbeth shouts at her husband with harsh words, showing her strong appearance. However, she is not indeed strong, for instance, when Lady Macbeth sleep walks and mumbles, “Wash your hands, put on your night-gown; look not so pale” (V.1.53-54). While she pretends to wash her hands with blood abiding on her hands, the doctor states that she is mentally ill, but not physically sick. The entire time Lady Macbeth had defended herself from appearing potent, proves her to be truly weak in

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