The Theme Of Appearance Vs. Reality In Macbeth
LA Block 5/6
16 November 2015
Appearance vs. Reality
The discrepancy between appearance and reality is the central concern of the play. The theme presents a knotty idea that nothing is what is seems. We live in a world where nothing and no one can be trusted; not the dreams, apparitions, or the witches. William Shakespeare uses the paradoxical motif “Fair is foul and foul is fair” to express the theme of appearance versus reality, emphasizing Macbeth’s distrust within Macbeth.
Before meeting the Weird Sisters, Macbeth describes, “So foul and fair a day I have not seen” (1.3.39). Shakespeare marks the beginning of Macbeth’s ascendency to kingship, describing the fair part of his journey. However, William also indicates the start of Macbeth’s genesis of his fall to the power of evil.
Shakespeare uncovers Macbeth’s malice deep down inside of him, by having the witches transform his perspective of good and evil. After the witches presented the prophecy about his kingship, Macbeth exclaimed, “If good, why do I yield to that suggestion/ Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair” (1.3.147-148). Macbeth does not know if he can trust the Weird Sisters, and having thoughts about murdering Duncan to become King, created confusion between good and evil. Shakespeare challenges Macbeth’s reliance on the witches by creating vivid hallucinations. When contemplating about Duncan’s murder, Macbeth cries, “Is this a dagger which I see before me,/ The handle toward my hand?”…