Essay on Analysis Of Shakespeare 's ' Macbeth '

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The Deceptions in Our Truths
Libba Bray, in the Sweet Far Thing, said that “We create the illusions we need to go on. And one day, when they no longer dazzle or comfort, we tear them down, brick by glittering brick, until we are left with nothing but the bright light of honesty.” In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, he portrays the theme of illusion and reality by utilizing the idea of foul and fair. Illusions are dangerous, and in Macbeth, Lady Macbeth create’s false truths to hide the terrifying reality of many situations. Lady Macbeth does this by outwardly pretending to be nice to Duncan, forcing Macbeth to turn away from Banquo’s ghost, and by denying her own withering health. Thus, Lady Macbeth forces the illusion that everything is “fair” when in reality it is “foul,” which in the end leads to Macbeth’s downfall.
Martin Luther said that, “To act against conscience is neither right nor safe.” In Macbeth, Lady Macbeth tells her susceptible husband about her malicious plans to kill Duncan. By doing so, Macbeth chooses to go against his own conscious and inevitably goes mad. These malicious plans Lady Macbeth forces upon Macbeth are known as “foul,” however, the two hide behind a “fair” facade by politely offering Duncan good hospitality. Lady Macbeth mocks Macbeth when he doesn’t want to kill Duncan, saying “When you durst do it, then you are a man” (55...). Macbeth needs this cajoling because he doesn’t want to kill Duncan, it is Lady Macbeth that drives him to this foul deed.…

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