Lies And Deception In Macbeth

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Why do humans consciously lie or choose to tell half of the truth? What consequences accompany these dishonest actions? These questionable behaviors are present in our daily lives and they impact society on a multitude of levels. In an effort to pose answers to these timeless questions, William Shakespeare introduces morally flexible characters in Macbeth that take his thinking to an extreme. Through exaggeration, Shakespeare is able to distinctly communicate and express his ideas about society’s behavior. To convey these thoughts, Shakespeare incorporates the recurring motif of equivocation into the tragedy and ties it into his theme of morality. Shakespeare repeatedly utilizes equivocation throughout Macbeth, suggesting that humans bring punishment upon themselves through immoral and deceptive behavior in order to conceal the truth for their own benefit.
Shakespeare firmly believes that the sole purpose of manman’s sole purpose in behind lying is
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Although lying may appear to be the easy solution, it only delays the inevitable. Macbeth lived to prove this idea, his downfall being the product of his own behavior. While his lies grant him power as a short-term king, they stab him in the back and serve as the messengers of poetic justice. Shakespeare acknowledges that lying may offer temporary happiness or success but he also recognizes that it destroys relationships, families, and communities because such connections are built on trust. To establish this trust, immoral thoughts and deeds must find sanctuary elsewhere. Good ethics and honesty enable the development and continuation of healthy relationships. Achieving this is the epitome good character and the foundation for growth and prosperity. Perhaps Shakespeare thinks that speaking the unabridged truth and accepting its consequences is better than lying and confronting greater issues in the unforeseeable

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