Macbeth appearance VS reality

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  • Appearance VS Reality
    • Witches
      • The witches set the scene for confusion and illusion in the play. They successfully manage to mislead, cheat and incite evil throughout Scotland via deliberately ambiguous and misleading language. Even their physical appearance is contradictory and perturbing
        • "Fair is foul and foul is fair"  The witches
        • "Lesser than Macbeth and greater"
        • "You should be women and yet your beards forbid me to interpret"
        • "Cannot be ill, cannot be good"  Macbeth
    • Macbeth
      • Macbeth fools Duncan and carries out his coup against him. In the aftermath of the murder he abandons his once dearly held principles and lies to the assembly. Maintains his reputation while secretly corrupted by his own delusions of grandeur by building up a masquerade of selfless devotion and martyrdom.
        • "Is this a dagger I see before me" Macbeth
        • "O full of scorpions is my mind" Macbeth
        • "We love him highly" Duncan
    • Lady Macbeth
      • Lady Macbeth is the foremost example and epitome of deceit and false appearances. Inwardly she is consumed with a lust for power but outwardly she maintains a masquerade of a loving and subservient wife.
        • "look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under't" Lady Macbeth
        • "Too full o' the milk of human kindness" Lady Macbeth
        • "Take my milk for gall you murdering ministers" Lady Macbeth
        • "Honour'd hostess" Duncan
    • Banquo
      • Banquo is the most subtle example of appearance vs reality. He successfully hides his ambition. Unlike the others his mask is never unveiled due to his untimely demise at the hands of Macbeth.
        • "Noble Banquo" Duncan
        • "May they not be my oracles as well" Banquo
        • "But hush. No more" Banquo
        • "Speak then to me" Banquo
    • Duncan
      • Duncan's naïve and misplaced trust shows that no one can be believed or truly relied upon. The dramatic irony between himself and Macbeth as well as his dismissal of Donalbain's advice are key.
        • "There's no art to find the minds construction in the face" Duncan
        • "Absolute trust" Duncan
        • "There's daggers in men's smiles" Donalbain


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