What a Tangled Web We Weave Essay
desires. The first to deceive was the serpent in the Garden of Eden. Since then man has been
caught in the, "tangled web of deception". In the play MACBETH, by William Shakespeare,
deception is used several times and is the cause of death for the tragic hero Macbeth. It is
the medieval time period in Scotland, and witches have gained the trust of Macbeth by telling
him he will be king of Scotland. When Macbeth does become king, he completely relies
on the witches prophecies, and as a result many people get caught up in a web of deceit that leads
to his downfall and death.
The theme of deception is introduced early in the …show more content…
pow'r of man, for none of woman born Shall harm Macbeth"(4.1. 86-88). This is deceiving
because every person is born of woman, therefore no one should be able to harm Macbeth.
Macbeth believed and followed this prophesy with reckless abandon, fighting without fear of
death from any man. The flaw with the prophesy was Macduff, like every other human, was born
of woman, but since he was ripped from his mother's womb, he was not considered to be born of
woman. In this sense the prophesy was true in that no man rightfully born of woman killed
Macbeth, but Macduff, not born of woman, did kill him.
The witches in MACBETH prove to be similar to the serpent in the Garden of Eden in
that they first entice their victim with power and knowledge, then deceive them. Because of
the serpent's deceit, man will labor and have to face sin till the end of time. Macbeth's deception
of people and his death, as well as Lady Macbeth's, Ross's, and Malcolm deceptions, can be
directly attributed to the witches enticement and deceit of Macbeth. MACBETH as a whole is
characterized by the plethora of deceptions in it, and like the old saying goes, " O' what a tangled
web we weave, when first we practice to