How And Why Is The Theme Of Appearances Versus Reality Used In The Crucible And Macbeth

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Appearances versus reality are used in ‘The Crucible’ and ‘Macbeth’ to show what’s inside is not really what they are. Appearance is defined as what someone appears to be as judged by people as to what's on the outside. It is sort of like stereotyping. Reality, on the other hand, is who the person really is. It is the opposite of Appearance. There are many characters who represents a certain outward Appearance, such as Abigail, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Characters who seems innocent on the outside, could be planning to kill someone.

Appearance versus reality is an important theme in William Shakespeare's ‘Macbeth’, and is used since it was first introduced in the first scene when the Witches says- ‘’Fair is foul, and foul is fair’’. This quote means that, good is bad, and bad is good, such as nothing is what it seems. Therefore, Shakespeare must have done it to tell us, audiences, through the Witches that it is world where you can’t trust anyone. Not even the Witches. But, due to this, the audience had an effect of no understandings thanks to the use words he, known as Shakespeare has chosen. Shakespeare wants us, audiences, to have that effect since it will create the sense of mystery, since no one would have understood it when they first watch or read the play.

As for Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, appearance versus reality is a prominent theme. The theme was shown in the first scene where as Abigail acted as if she was innocent and has done nothing illicit. In contrast, she threatened Betty, Reverend Parris’s niece, to keep her mouth shut from the crime she has done. An evidence of this act is proven here, in this quote by Abigail to Betty- ‘’I’ll beat you, Betty!‘’. She, as in Abigail, is one of the characters that has been shown by the writer of the theme Appearance versus Reality. This play involves in the...

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