The Effects Of Self Deception In Macbeth

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Throughout Macbeth, things are never what they appear to be. Macbeth, similar to other works of Shakespeare, is a story of pain and tragedy. At the start, King Duncan has a brave and loyal Thane called Macbeth. After three witches prophesize that Macbeth is destined to become king himself, Macbeth is overwhelmed with ambition and greed. Reinforced by the prophecy and his wife’s encouragement, he takes the throne by murdering King Duncan. Eventually, Macbeth’s paranoia, and guilt lead him to conduct multiple murders to maintain his power. His trust in the witches results in his defeat and overthrow as he is murdered by those he has wronged. In this play Shakespeare uses language, conflict, and the supernatural to illustrate deception and the effects of self-deception.

Shakespeare’s use of language in select scenes reveals Lady Macbeth’s characters intentions. Lady Macbeth is devious when it comes to persuading others, like her husband, into believing things that are not true. This is shown through the lines, “Your hand, your tongue. Look like th' innocent flower,/ But be the serpent under't.” (I.v. 56-57). This is spoken to Macbeth and shows how she is manipulating him into something he is not by telling him he must act innocent but be corrupt on the inside. Lady Macbeth later decides that she can use this manipulation to push her husband's ambition to be king. Shakespeare
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Shakespeare revealed that deception ends in immense guilt, which results in insanity. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth try to use denial towards their actions to deceive themselves which result in their loss to insanity. As one can see, deception (along with self-deception) is a major part of Macbeth. Shakespeare is able to show the audience that deceiving others and yourself, is not ethical nor the way to achieve what you
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