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Macbeth Theme Essay-Appearance versus Reality In everyday life one should not judge others solely on their appearances There are many people who appear to be trustworthy but in reality are not Appearance versus reality is an important theme in William Shakespeares Macbeth The theme focuses on characters that are deceived by others whom they think are loyal when in reality have ulterior motives The theme of appearance versus reality is displayed numerous times throughout the play by characters Macbeth and Lady Macbeth Macbeth and Lady Macbeth show this theme by actions towards Duncan Macbeth appears as a super hero and is faithful to King Duncan He fights against England in the Battle and is a loyal soldier to his country Duncan trusts Macbeth because of his heroic efforts and he gives him the title as the Thane of Cawdor Duncan is a sincere man and trusts Macbeth No more that Thane of Cawdor shall deceive Our bosom interest go pronounce his present death And with his former title greet Macbeth 63-65 I ii Duncan comes to feast at Macbeths home and praises him Little does he know that Macbeth is not faithful to the king he has the ambition to become king Give me you hand Conduct me to mine host we love him highly And shall continue our graces towards him 28-31 I vii Macbeths desire to be king takes control and he then murders Duncan Macbeth appears to be a loyal servant of the King while in reality he kills the king Lady Macbeth also displays this theme quite clearly She is polite and courteous to the kings face although behind his back she plots his death When Duncan is asleep- Whereto the rather shall his days hard journey Soundly invite him-his two chamberlains Will I with wine and wassail so convince 61-72 I vii She reveals that she
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