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The two stories Macbeth by William Shakespeare and The Last Safe Place on Earth by Richard Peck are both excellent pieces of literature Macbeth is a typical Shakespearian tragedy steeped with death betrayal heroes and villains In comparing these two novels three distinct aspects are discovered The first the theme of appearances can be deceiving is seen in the character of Macbeth and Laurel Kellerman The second comparison relates to the stubborn personality traits observed in the two novels characters Macbeth and Laurel The third comparison reveals the presence of evil in both Macbeth and Bobby Kellerman Laurels younger brother Each of these stories have the common theme of appearances can be deceiving In Macbeth deceiving appearances is one of the main themes and it is portrayed by Lady Macbeths character She seems to have two separate personalities Her first personality is a kind humble host It is as if she wears a mask to conceal her true character from her unsuspecting guest the King of Scotland and his mercenaries The second personality her true personality is a malicious female with an insatiable need for power In The Last Safe Place On Earth the theme of appearances can be deceiving is seen more than once The first is the town they live in They live in a town called Walden Woods on a street called Tranquility Lane Todd and his family assumed that with a name like that their street must be the safest place on the earth Their thoughts are deceived throughout the story when cars are stolen and damaged and when a girl at Todds school was killed in a horrific car accident The second example this theme regards Laurel the familys babysitter When Todd first meets Laurel he thinks she is the most perfect girl he ever met She is good looking funny and very smart She is also a good companion to Marnie This all changed when Marnie told Todd
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