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Macbeth Character Year 12 Assignment

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In the play Macbeth written by Shakespeare an important idea that have been explored is Appearance vs Reality. Appearance vs reality means that things are not always as they seem. The reality of something can change depending on one’s perception. Throughout the story, Shakespeare shows that appearances can be deceiving and people can fool you. Even someone’s own mind can trick them into believing something untrue. The idea of appearance vs reality was shown throughout various scenes.

At the very beginning of the play the witches say “fair is foul and foul is fair which means nothing is as it appears to be. They aim to say that nothing is like what it seems to be. Some people learn to hide their thoughts and feelings. Likewise, the witches use statements that depend on the listener who is inclined to believe the most suitable words for him.
This introduces the idea of deception to the readers.
When the witches tell Macbeth and Banquo about the predictions of the future, Macbeth is interested in what they are saying however Banquo doesn’t believe the witches and says “win us with honest trifles, to betrays in deeper consequence this shows that Banquo is more wary of the witches rather than Macbeth. This also shows us that Banquo is level headed and wary or suspicious about the witches’ predictions

Another key even that shows the the idea of Appearance vs reality is the murder of Duncan. In act 1 scene
2, king Duncan says “what the thane of Cawdor hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won” This shows the
audience that king Duncan thinks Macbeth is noble and even though later he will become Duncan’s
murderer. So this this shows that Duncan has no idea about the true reality of Macbeth. Also Duncan
doesn’t recognize this and goes to Macbeth’s castle to visit him. When he just gets in he says something
very important: Duncan says, “This castle hath a peasant seat”
(Act I, Scene 6, Lines 1-3)
This quote shows that Duncan like Macbeth very much even he feels that Macbeth’s place is comfortable
for him. Duncan never suspects the trustworthy of Macbeth and never does anything to guard himself.
Macbeth kills Duncan easily. Therefore, Duncan has deceived by Macbeth’s appearance.
Many factors were involved in Macbeth's decision to kill King Duncan.
He had pressure from his wife, Lady Macbeth who was a very powerful lady who built the
idea in his head, given to him by the...

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