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Appearance vs. Reality
Transcript of Appearance vs. Reality
Fair is foul, and foul is fair
This quote describes that nothing is really what it seems to be. Throughout Shakespeare's play, Macbeth, characters portray personalities other than what their true personalities are. Shakespeare uses the idea of Appearance vs Reality, which means characters act different than what their true feelings should show.
Lady Macbeth hides her heartless and evil intentions, like her plot to murder King Duncan, behind her false appearance of an innocent women
Within the play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, appearance versus reality is a major theme. Throughout the story, Shakespeare shows that appearances can be deceiving and people can fool you. Even someone's own mind can trick them into believing something untrue.
The novel Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, the idea that appearances can be deceptive is presented as a major theme throughout the play. It is first introduced by the witches. Later on, it is presented through Macbeth himself, and also Lady Macbeth.
The witches appear to be of help to Macbeth in his rise to power by hinting at the future and giving him confidence. In reality, they aid in leading to his downfall.
"All hail, Macbeth,hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!"
"All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!"
"All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter!"
"Be Bloody,bold, and resolute. Laugh to scorn the power of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth."(4.1.85-88)
3. "He shall spurn fate, scorn death, and bear /
His hopes 'bove wisdom, grace and fear; /
And you all know security /
Is mortal's chiefest enemy, / (3.5. 30-34)
Macbeth pretends to be a noble man but in reality he performs cruel things because of his lust for power. Not only did Macbeth fool others but he fooled himself. His mind plays tricks on him.
“This castle hath a peasant seat; the air/ Nimbly and sweetly recommends itself/ Unto our gentle senses.” (1.6. 1-3)
" Come what come may, time and the hour runs through the roughest day." (1.3.160-161)
"O, yet I do repent me of my furry, that I did kill them."(2.3.113-114)
“And we'll not fail. When Duncan is asleep whereto the rather shall his day's hard journey soundly invite him his two chamberlains will I with wine and wassel so convince, that memory, the warder of the brain, shall be a fume and the receipt of reason a limbeck only.” (1.7.69-75).
"look like the innocent flower, But be the serpent under't." (1.5)
3. "What's the business, that such a hideous trumpet calls to parley, the sleepers of the house? Speak, speak!" (2.3.83-85)
Secondary source: "She is threatening his manhood to motivate him to kill, the key use of her manipulating personality"(Albert Stratford, Lady Macbeth).
Shakespeare has placed the idea that many characters act in a way that is different than how they would. Many characters such as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, try to stay strong and optimistic inside, but in reality they are weak figures with very weak personalities. The witches, on the other hand, act knowledgeable, but inside deceive Macbeth and his actions.
Secondary Source: "All That Glitters Is Not Gold" - from the Play merchant of Venice.
By: Shima Ramandi