Duplicity in Macbeth

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  • Duplicity in Macbeth
    • Lady Macbeth
      • She instigates Macbeth to follow her in a manipulative manner. She tells him to be deceptive and deceive his country.
        • "Look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under't"
      • She is constantly questioning her husbands masculinity, making him feel inadequate. Macbeth feels the need to commit extreme deeds in order to please his wife.
        • "too full o'th milk of human kindness"
    • Macbeth
      • Macbeth was deceitful as he killed Banquo's sons who meant whatsoever no harm to him.
        • Banquo was his loyal friend who honoured the friendship that the held.
      • Some readers may describe Macbeth deceitful as he listened intriguingly to the prophetic greetings of the witches' instead of ignoring them.
        • He believed in a supernatural being
      • Macbeth commands the stars to hide his deep sinful deeds from escaping into light for everyone to see.
        • "Stars hide your fires let not light see my dark and deep desires."
    • The Witches
      • They also instigated Macbeth by providing him with prophetic greetings that sparked his ambition.
      • The witches speak in rhymes and riddles which immediately captures the attention from others as it is unusual.
        • "fair is foul and foul is fair"
    • Malcolm
      • Malcolm acts deceptively whilst meeting MacDuff in England. This is because Malcolm was testing whether or not MacDuff was still pure to the nation by not supporting Macbeth.


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