Essay on Appearance vs Reality in Macbeth
The aforementioned witches are the embodiment of evil and equivocation. They clearly have the power to make good look evil and make evil look good. …show more content…
Another way in which Shakespeare develops this theme is through Macbeth’s rise to power and particularly the role of Lady Macbeth in it. Macbeth kills the King of Scotland and makes sure to appear innocent and cover up reality. He seems worthy of becoming king but the reader knows the dark truth. Lady Macbeth is crucial in the development of the deceitful plot to frame the guards by encouraging Macbeth to be a “serpent underneath” while looking “like the innocent flower.” Lady Macbeth and Macbeth are skilful at swapping reality for false appearance.
Macbeth’s castle becomes symbolic of the conflict between reality and appearance. It seems like a beautiful welcoming place and yet it is the motherland of regicide, treachery and disintegration. Duncan comments that “this castle hath a pleasant seat” never to see daylight again. The Porter nicely alleviates the horror of the murder. However, even his humorous remarks contain a reference to what this castle has become – he welcomes those knocking on the door… to hell. He welcomes sinners and equivocators and describes their ambiguous and contradictory actions. His reference to alcohol heightens the theme of