Lady Macbeth By William Shakespeare Essays

1505 Words Dec 11th, 2014 7 Pages
William Shakespeare’s popular play Macbeth, a tragedy written in the early 1600s, exhibits a variety of themes. One of those themes is the deceptive nature of appearances, which is demonstrated by several different characters throughout the play. To be more specific, Shakespeare develops the theme that those who try to deceive others in an ignoble manner, trying to be perceived in a different way than what they really are, there are consequences. The truth eventually comes out, and those who deceive others often get what they deserve. Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and several other secondary characters in Macbeth acted in a deceitful manner numerous times throughout the play, resulting in tragedy. Lady Macbeth is a perfect example of a character who deceived others on countless occasions, and eventually got what she deserved at the end of the play. First of all, Lady Macbeth deceives Duncan, while welcoming him to her home. She says, “All our service, in every point twice done, and then done double, were poor and single business to contend against those honours deep and broad where with your majesty load our house. For those of old, and the late dignities heaped up to them, we rest your hermits.” (1.6 17-23) At this point, she is treating Duncan very nicely. Lady Macbeth plays the part of an excellent hostess to Duncan, while in reality, she is plotting his murder. Lady Macbeth deceived others, and the consequence of those actions was that she eventually gets deceived also. One…

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