theme-appearances and reality

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  • Appearances and reality
    • the play is full of spirits, ghosts, optical illusions and visions,some of these are conjured up by the Witches, others are as a result of a guilty conscience  following acts of wickedness.
    • there are many examples of sleep and dreams, both Macbeth and his wife have trouble sleeping and are tormented by guilty dreams and Lady Macbeth regularly sleepwalks.
    • king duncan is a guest in the Macbeth's home when they decide to murder him, rather than look after him as good hosts should do they send him to his grave.
    • things are never quite what they seem, characters say one thing yet mean something else and use  euphemisms  to hide reality.

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