Secrets and Lies

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  • Secrets and Lies
    • Macbeth
      • secretiveness first shown through soliloquies and asides in act 1
        • hides his true thoughts from Banquo, Ross and Angus
        • plotting against the King and his sons
      • letter to Lady Macbeth reveals everything
        • does not want her to be "ignorant of what greatness is promised thee"
          • shows how much Macbeth trusts and values his wife
    • Lady Macbeth encourages Macbeth to lie
      • warns her husband that his intentions can be read upon his face.
        • uses metaphor to compare his face to a book
        • "beguile the time" LADY MACBETH
          • he should use deception and charm to appear innocent in front of the King
      • forms plan to kill the King and frame his guards
        • murder is discovered
          • she and Macbeth pretend to be shocked
      • Macbeth learns how to lie effectively by act 3
        • convinces murderers to kill Banquo
          • "it was he in the times past which held you / so under fortune, which you thought had been / our innocent self" MACBETH
            • shifts grievance against him onto Banquo
            • regal noun phrase "our innocent self" emphasises Macbeth's duplicity and use of status
              • dramatic irony
    • act of kindness
      • Malcolm presents himself as a future tyrant to Macduff
        • hides his true feelings about Macbeth
          • "I should forge / quarrels unjust against the good and loyal, / destroying them for wealth." MALCOLM
            • tests Macduff on where his loyalties lie
              • Malcolm tells the truth when he's convinced of Macduff's honesty
      • Ross initially lies about Macduff's family
        • "they were well at peace when I did leave 'em." ROSS
          • dramatic irony
            • can't bear to tell the truth of their slaughter


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