Macbeth - Appearance vs. Reality

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Appearance vs. Reality – Macbeth: Commentary Macbeth is a play written by William Shakespeare, which focuses on the life of Macbeth. Out of the four Shakespearean play categories, it is categorized as a tragedy, as the events of the play ultimately lead to the downfall of the protagonist, Macbeth. The theme of appearance versus reality is constantly repeated throughout the play, as it greatly contributes to the development of the plot. The idea is constantly conveyed by the characters using a pleasant and innocent appearance to gain the trust of others and to conceal the disturbing reality of dark thoughts within. Shakespeare’s message about the theme is that appearances can be deceiving. I have chosen to present this idea with the…show more content…
At this point in the play, the audience is aware that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have already plotted the murder of Duncan later on, but discovers that Lady Macbeth puts on a ‘fair’ and ‘noble’ appearance to welcome Duncan, who is completely unaware of their plans. With this example, the theme of appearance versus reality is emphasized, as it shows the ruthless and cunning nature of Lady Macbeth, who puts on a false but pleasant appearance to deceive Duncan and gain his trust, in order to hide her malicious thoughts of murdering him later on. Furthermore, the use of the word ‘fair’ relates to the witches’ chant in the beginning of the play, “fair is foul, and foul is fair.” (1.1.11-12). This suggests that the ‘fair’ appearance of Lady Macbeth is actually foul, even though only the audience is aware of this while Duncan is not. My choice of symbol was of the silhouette of a man with a halo and a flower in his hand, with the shadow of the same person, except having devil horns replace the halo and a knife replace the flower in his hand. I chose this symbol because it clearly communicates the idea of how appearances could be deceptive. For the silhouette representing the appearance of the man, the halo and flower suggests a pure, innocent and pleasant person. On the other hand, the shadow of the same person represents the reality, as the devil
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