William Shakespeare 's Macbeth - Appearance Versus Reality Essay

2252 Words Apr 6th, 2016 10 Pages
Every person has fallen victim to appearance versus reality at least once in his/her lifetime. It is human nature to see a person and judge him/her on how they dress alone. People allow the sense of sight by itself to make all of his/her inferences on that person. William Shakespeare illustrates the way appearance versus reality can be used in many different ways through his play Macbeth. This play is set in medieval times and starts in the middle of a civil war in Scotland. A man named Macbeth meets three witches who give him a prophecy that he will one day be king, but Macbeth wants to be king now and sets off to kill the king and become the new king. Once king, Macbeth gets paranoid and starts to kill anyone he sees as a threat to him and his leadership. Appearance versus reality is a major theme in Macbeth. It is prominent in the development of the characters and the plot of the play, and Shakespeare proves this theme through his use of good forces, settings, and evil forces. One way that Shakespeare illustrates the theme of appearance versus reality is through the good forces shown in this play. The character of Duncan falls victim to appearance versus reality time and time again. Duncan is the king of Scotland who trusts others much too easily. The previous Thane of Cawdor, whom Duncan “... built/ An absolute trust” (Shakespeare 1.4. 13-14) on, betrays him and tries to overthrow the king. Through this betrayal, Duncan learns that one cannot know what a person is…

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