Topics About Characters In this section, you will find topics about the way the line between appearance and reality influences different characters in Macbeth. His reference to alcohol heightens the theme of what we think should be and what turns out to be true. The motif of appearance versus reality was shown to appear after a murder, but as the play wears on it is possible to see that it also occurs before a murder. Like Adam and Eve achieving the promised knowledge of good and evil, Macbeth also achieves his goal. Similarly Shakespeare is giving the impression that characters, stagecraft, and many other things are not exactly what they seem. William Shakespeare 's, Macbeth, clearly depicts women speaking with confidence and diction. My choice of symbol was of the silhouette of a man with a halo and a flower in his hand, with the shadow of the same person, except having devil horns replace the halo and a knife replace the flower in his hand.
He believes because he decided to kill Duncan and become king, he is the one in charge of his fate, when in reality there are outside forces, such as the witches and Lady Macbeth, causing him to do these things,. What do you think Shakespeare might be showing about the way confusion between appearance and reality can lead to problems and conflicts? If the Catholics admitted that they were Catholics, they would be in serious trouble with the Protestants. On the other hand, the shadow of the same person represents the reality, as the devil horns and the knife suggest a sinister, malicious and cunning person. As the play evolves, Macbeth grows stronger and Lady Macbeth begins to despair, commits suicide and proves to be the antithesis of an ideal wife. No matter which way you look at it, if you try to act like someone your not, the truth will always appear in the end. A masquerade can hide more than just a face.
There are many people who appear to be trustworthy but in reality, are not. Some may change because they feel they don't fit in. Unlike the others his mask is never unveiled due to his untimely demise at the hands of Macbeth. Banquo, MacBeth, and Lady MacBeth each project an image, but as time passes. There are many people who appear to be trustworthy but in reality, are not. She thinks that she is manful and strong, but actually she is not, she become sleeplessness and nervous.
Duncan says this line about the traitorous Thane of Cawdor, who betrayed Scotland to Norway. Even when her husband stands before her having a nervous breakdown in the banquet scene, instead of trying to help, she orders her poor delirious husband to bed so that he won't create a scene. Middle Shakespeare makes it deceiving to the other characters as well as the audience when he makes out that everybody sees Macbeth as a godlike figure who is respected by many. Some may change because they feel they don 't fit in. However, we were all deceived. This oxymoron immediately sets the stage for the idea that not everything is as it seems.
Immediately following the murder, Macbeth is overcome with feelings of quilt, which are soothed by the words of Lady Macbeth. How much are the different characters' grabs for power and relationships to power connected to their capacity to discern appearance from reality? First he hears he will not die until a forest moves to his castle. He wants to appear noble and strong but in the end he refutes his statement by killing Duncan and Banquo to get to the throne. Lady Macbeth thinks that it will be terrific for her to be a queen when Macbeth becomes the king. Lady Macbeth also hallucinates because of a guilty conscience. He knows that the witches understand what will come to pass, but he still believes that everything he chooses is his choice. In order to discuss this theme, different characters will be looked at: in the first paragraph, the Witches, in the second, Duncan and in the third, Lady Macbeth.
The audience and even the characters themselves are often unsure of the distinction between what appears to be real and what actually is. Macbeth told Lady Macbeth his prophecy and Lady Macbeth came up with the thought that it will be perfect for her to be the queen. However, even his humorous remarks contain a reference to what this castle has become — he welcomes those knocking on the door… to hell. The whole time she was acting strong, her insides were tearing apart at the seams. This can be first seen during the murder of King Duncan and his two servants when Macbeth must disguise the fact that he had committed the crime. However, we were all deceived. Using the ability to deceive others, Macbeth managed to trick the foolish murderers into believing Banquo was indeed their enemy.
The serpent did not appear to Eve as being harmful just as Macbeth did not appear to Duncan as harmful, but just as the serpent did Macbeth had a destructive nature that was concealed by his false face and dishonest words. However, MacBeth does not take heed of Banquo's warnings. The audience and even the characters themselves are often unsure of the distinction between what appears to be real and what actually is. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth thought this was ridiculous, because Macbeth was supposed to become the next king; everything that they planned is ruined. Even though the quote does not directly represent the symbol as it uses different imagery, it conveys the same idea of how appearances can hide a disturbing reality. The last of the three apparitions would be the armed head. At one point in the play, Banquo and MacBeth find themselves in the presence of three weird sisters who make three absurd predictions.
Shakespeare uses various characters and situations to emphasize this confusion between the real and the surreal, the authentic and the fake, the act and the sincere. In the theme of appearance versus reality Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have an image but as the time passes by their true personalities began to show. Throughout society people are judged based on their appearance. As Lady Macbeth grew less evil, Macbeth only grew more so. For example he kills Banquo, who was supposedly his friend.