Deception In Macbeth Essay

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Deception is defined as “the act of tricking someone by telling them something that is not true”. In the play, Macbeth by William Shakespeare, deception is always present and things are not always what they appear to be. In this great work of literature, the three witches; the Thane of Cawdor; and Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are the very embodiments of trickery and show us the true effects deception can have on man.
From the first scene of the play, the reader immediately gets a glimpse of the deception meshed into Macbeth’s world. The quote “Fair is foul and foul is fair” is a commonly used by the three witches, spoken in their equivocal language. This same language of vagueness is used when the witches encounter Macbeth and Banquo on the heath. They tell Macbeth that he will become “Thane of Glamis”, “Thane of Cawdor” and “king hereafter.” After the first two prophecies become true, Macbeth is led to believe that he will become King and he falls victim to his own ambition and the deception of the witches. By giving Macbeth predictions of his future that may be true but are so misleading, the witches trick Macbeth into succumbing to his desires and this beast called “Deception” has only begun to leave its mark.
In addition to that is the story of the Thane of Cawdor shows the most heart-breaking type of deception - betrayal. He was a cherished friend of the King. His unfaithfulness was shown when he helped Scotland’s enemies by devising a plan against the King with the traitor Macdonald and plotted against the King. After the Thane’s execution, King Duncan states that “There’s no art to find the mind’s construction in the face.” This quote explains that there is no way to know what goes on in a man’s mind by just looking at his face and the ones that we consider friends can be the ones who hurt us the most in the end. The Thane of Cawdor earned Duncan’s trust only to betray it, resulting in his execution and his title being passed down to Macbeth. However, Duncan...

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