Macbeth-Appearance versus reality

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Appearance versus reality is a recurring theme that is used in many great literary works and becomes apparent in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”. Appearance is what one observes as opposed to the true essence which is reality. Throughout Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”, appearance versus reality is utilized to reveal hidden intentions, to play with Macbeth’s emotions, and to advance the plot based on false pretenses. Hidden intentions are revealed through Shakespeare’s utilization of appearance versus reality. Lady Macbeth’s intentions are revealed when says, “Look like th’innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t [1.6.76-78].” This is an example of appearance versus reality because Lady Macbeth wants Macbeth to appear to be innocent but in reality, she wants him to take on the role of a venomous man ready to kill Duncan. This also makes one aware that Lady Macbeth is willing to remove everyone in her way to achieve her ambition. Hidden intentions are also revealed through Macbeth saying, “Stars, hide your fires; let not light see my black and deep desires [1.4.57-58].” Macbeth is seen by all as a man of valor who will do anything for King Duncan and has no particular interest of his own except serving the king. By saying that he has deep desires, it becomes apparent that this man who “Disdain’s fortune [1.2.19]” goes against his words which is serving the king is his own reward and decides to pursue a new ambition which is to become king. Appearance versus reality is used to play with Macbeth’s emotions through his hallucination of Banquo. Macbeth orders three murderers to kill Banquo and his son Fleance. As Macbeth’s banquet begins, the murderers arrive and tell him that Banquo is dead but Fleance lives. It appears that Macbeth is happy with the news that he receives but one could assume he is overcome with guilt based on the fact that he is hallucinating that Banquos’
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