William Shakespeare 's Macbeth - Appearance Vs. Reality Essay

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"Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak" - Sun Tzu. Appearance vs. reality plays a continuous role throughout the women in Macbeth. William Shakespeare 's, Macbeth, clearly depicts women speaking with confidence and diction. Some may also argue that they completely go against the stereotypical image of a women from the Jacobean era. Although the women of Macbeth are often viewed as cunning and vicious, Shakespeare uses them as a tool to manipulate the audience into sympathizing with characters such as Lady Macbeth and Lady Macduff. Furthermore, women in Shakespeare 's play, Macbeth, prove to be vindictive and ruthless, thus playing a critical role in the play.

Throughout the play, the women in Macbeth speak with determination. Lady Macbeth shows a sense of over-confidence with the way she speaks to her husband. When Macbeth begins to question his decision to murder King Duncan, Lady Macbeth exclaims, "Only look up clear/ To alter favour ever is to fear/ Leave all the rest to me" (I vi 72-74). In the article Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, the author writes, "Her language is everywhere that of a woman who in screwing her husband 's courage to the sticking place, as she says, is also screwing her own" (Clayden). Therefore, Lady Macbeth 's language throughout the play is that of conviction and extreme confidence. While manipulating her husband to murder King Duncan, not once does she doubt herself, nor does her confidence falter. The immense…

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