Theme Of Appearance Vs Reality In Macbeth

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In the first Act of William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Macbeth, Shakespeare constructs the principal themes of the play, through the use of dialogue provided by his characters. Through the use of this dialogue, Shakespeare also sets the framework for the plot and introduces the main characters to the reader. Themes used by Shakespeare to convey these ideas are, Appearance vs. Reality, betrayal, and lastly, darkness. On the foundation of these themes, Shakespeare provides a clear contextual understanding of the plot, main characters and their motivations to the reader. The play opens with the three witches, who lay out perhaps the arguably, most dominant theme in the play, appearance vs. reality. The reader gets a bit of insight into the events…show more content…
Something that appears to be ‘good’ can actually be full of malice and evil, where as those that appear to be malicious can in turn, be virtuous. In addition to the witches’ advancement of the theme of Appearance vs. Reality, the reader also observes the use of this subject when analyzing the relationship of Macbeth and Duncan. Specifically in Act 6, where we see Duncan visiting the castle of Macbeth.
“This castle hath a pleasant seat.”
Duncan speaks of Macbeth’s castle as being a pleasant place, Macbeth’s castle appears to be fair, but in reality, it is actually a place of brewing evil and wickedness. While Duncan is enjoying the ambiance of Macbeth’s home, Macbeth and his wife plot his demise.
“O, never
Shall sun that morrow see!”

Lady Macbeth confirms this tragic form of irony in a conversation with her husband. They have offered their beautiful home to the King however, underneath the beauty lies the dark deceptive intentions of Macbeth and his wife, effectively going against the appearance of their castle. Appearance vs. Reality effectively gives the reader an in depth understanding into one of Shakespeare’s key points in the plot of

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