Decieving Charactors In Macbeth

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Deceiving Characters In Macbeth:
Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, and the witches

In the play Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare there are many characters with appearances that are deceiving. The three characters that are deceiving are Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, and the witches. Macbeth shows loyalty to King Duncan in the beginning of the play. Macbeth’s appearance is deceiving because later on in the play he ends up killing Duncan. Besides Macbeth, Lady Macbeth also shows her character is deceiving by planning how Duncan will be killed. At the end of the play she dies because the guilt from helping to kill Duncan was too much of a burden on her conscience. Lastly, the witches are deceiving characters because they give confusing prophecies. Macbeth misinterprets the confusing prophecies which later lead to his tragic death. There are many appearances that show characters in the play Macbeth are deceiving, ultimately leading to tragedy. The first example of a character whose appearance is deceiving in the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare is Macbeth. Macbeth shows the he is an honorable man in the beginning of the play. Macbeth also shows he is loyal to king Duncan by having him spend the night at his castle and fighting in war for him. “More is thy due than more than all can pay” (1.4.21). King Duncan says this to show how he is grateful of Macbeth for wining the war. As events unfold, Macbeth shows his true character when he kills Duncan to become king. This shows he has a false appearance because Duncan thought the two were friends and Macbeth would not kill a relative. Towards the end of the play Macbeth gets caught up in a killing spree by hiring people to murder Banquo and his son, and by having everybody in Macduff’s castle killed:
The castle of Macduff I will surprise,
Seize upon fife: give to th’ edge o’ th’ sword
His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate

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