Appearance Versus Reality : Lady Macbeth By William Shakespeare

1620 Words Nov 19th, 2014 7 Pages
In society, the way people act on the outside and who they really are on the inside could be two completely different things. People will put on false appearances to gain power which they strive to get, for various reasons. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the theme of appearance versus reality is portrayed to show how characters will not act like themselves to achieve what they desire. Lady Macbeth, for example masks a false appearance to retrieve the trust of Duncan. She pretends to be kind and loyal towards Duncan so that he will believe she is a confiding person that he can trust. Additionally, Lady Macbeth always has a plan in tact which ties in with her false appearance because it will cause her to act a certain way so that she can get what she wants. The witches, furthermore, adopt a façade to gain power over Macbeth to set him up for tragedy in the end. Towards Macbeth, they appear to be helping him and giving him all these predictions for his benefit, but in reality the witches are playing with his trust to put him on a path to his own risky future. Macbeth, lastly, uses a false appearance to overall achieve the title, King of Scotland. Macbeth’s façade succeeds in hiding the truth of his murder of Duncan as no one suspects he did it. His fake cover-up was able to land him Duncan’s previous title as the people, at this point, still believe Macbeth is loyal and full of good nature. In Macbeth, Shakespeare suggests, through his characters, that people put on false…

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