Don't Be Devised By The Appearance

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“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” (Albert Einstein) People can get devised by the appearance of others. The reality of the person is truly identified through many actions which they carry out. William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, portrays the theme of Appearance vs. Reality through many acts and events. Firstly, this theme is shown in Macbeth when Lady Macbeth walks down the corridors sleepwalking thinking she is talking to someone else. Secondly, Appearance vs. Reality is shown when Lady Macbeth tells her husband to kill Duncan. Finally, this theme is portrayed when the forest appears to be moving toward Macbeth. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth both experience many ...view middle of the document...

“The disease is beyond my practice.” (V, I, 54) Lady Macbeth shows the theme of Appearance vs. Reality as she thinks and imagines that there is a person listening to her but in reality there is no one. “I tell you yet again, Banquo’s buried.” (V, I, 58) In conclusion, Appearance vs. Reality is shown in William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, when Lady Macbeth sleepwalks down the corridor with a candle in her hand talking to thin air.
Secondly, Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, portrays the theme of Appearance vs. Reality when Lady Macbeth tells her husband to kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth takes control over Macbeth by forcing him to kill Duncan. “Look like the innocent flower, But be the serpent under’t.” (I, V, 72) This quote was spoken by Lady Macbeth to Macbeth moments before Macbeth proceeded on to kill Duncan. This quote represents the fact that Lady Macbeth is telling Macbeth that he looks innocent from the outside but he is evil from the inside. This act represents the theme of Appearance vs. Reality. “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand? No, this is my hand...” (II, II, 77) This quote was spoken by Macbeth after he killed Duncan. Lady Macbeth’s response illustrates how her personality contrasted with his at this time. This shows a perfect example of Appearance vs. Reality happening in the play. After Macbeth kills Duncan and Banquo, he seems to sense their ghosts following him everywhere but in reality they aren’t there. “Were the grac’d person of our Banquo present.” (III, IV, 50) In conclusion, Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, portrays the theme of Appearance vs. Reality when Lady Macbeth forces Macbeth to kill Duncan.
Thirdly, the theme of Appearance vs. Reality is portrayed in Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, when Macbeth imagines the forest moving toward him. The forest moving is not real, Macbeth is just imaging it. In reality, the soldiers who will be attacking Macbeth’s fortress are in...

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