Macbeth: Appearance vs Reality

977 WordsOct 16, 19994 Pages
Macbeth: Appearance vs Reality Brooke Soper The way people act on the outside and who they really are on the inside may be two totally different things. Some may change because they feel they don 't fit in. Others pretend to be something they truly aren 't. No matter which way you look at it, if you try to act like someone your not, the truth will always appear in the end. That is exactly what happened in William Shakespeare 's play, MacBeth. Banquo, MacBeth, and Lady MacBeth each project an image, but as time passes. The realities of their true personalities begin to emerge. As an honorable man, Banqou tends to hold back his true feelings in order not to offend others around him. At one point in the play, Banqou and MacBeth…show more content…
Even when her husband stands before her having a nervous breakdown in the banquet scene, instead of trying to help, she orders her poor delirious husband to bed so that he won 't create a scene. In both of the above cases, her husband turns to her for help, but she speaks harsh words to him to keep her appearance strong. However, she is not strong at all. The whole time she was acting strong, her insides were tearing apart at the seams. One night a gentlewoman comes to a good doctor for help about her mistress. Lady MacBeth had been sleep walking for the last few nights; mumbling words and pretending to wash her hands from a translucent blood that she feels is lingering on her hands. The good doctor says she is not physically ill, but mentally ill. The whole time Lady MacBeth had put up a defense to appear potent, but in reality, she is just as weak as her husband is. Banquo, MacBeth, and Lady MacBeth all paint a vivid picture of their personalities on the outside; but as proven, they are totally different people on the inside. No matter what, reality will conquer appearance. Whether it is slow like MacBeth and Banquo 's change; or whether it is abrupt like Lady MacBeth 's, the truth will emerge in the
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