Macbeth, By William Shakespeare Essay example

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Macbeth is a tragedy play written by William Shakespeare. In the play, there is a famous quote that states the tone of duplicity throughout Macbeth, “Fair is foul, and foul is fair” (I.i.11). This quote is a paradox that means that good may be bad, and bad may be good. This quote also portrays duplicity because it shows that something good, such as a good person, may be bad, whereas a bad person may be good. Duplicity plays a significant role in character development in Macbeth because the play shows that people may not be who they seem to be.

Macbeth, the protagonist of Macbeth, is first seen as brave and heroic but as the play progresses, it is revealed that Macbeth is secretly two-faced and power-hungry. During the beginning of the play, Macbeth has received the title Thane of Glamis after the execution of the previous Thane of Glamis. The title Thane of Glamis shows that Macbeth is a well-respected hero, so one may argue that since Macbeth is a hero and a warrior, he has no reason to be a duplicitous liar. But although Macbeth has respect and the title Thane of Glamis, he feels like he was destined to become the Thane of Cawdor after hearing the witches’ prophecies. Macbeth begins to crave kingship but he knows that he has to hide such feelings. Macbeth’s ambition to become king and stay king leads Macbeth to reveal his duplicitous nature. When Macbeth learns that Malcolm will become the heir of the throne after Duncan, Macbeth says, “Let not light see my black and…

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