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The Theme of Equivocation A false statement or a statement intended to deceive someone is better known as a lie A lie which tells half the truth is called equivocation Of course there are many different types of lies there are lies which do not tell the truth equivocation lies of omission and those white lies which do not hurt anyone There are also many different reasons for telling a lie Some might lie to cover the truth others might lie because it became a habit to them when they were a young child But why would someone use equivocation Someone might use equivocation to allow the recipient to draw their own interpretation of the matter as a result causing them to make a hasty decision To picture the difference between a lie and equivocation let us use a mask and call it LIE A lie would be like covering up your face with that mask so that no one can see the truth But equivocation is like putting on only half the mask to show only half the truth In the Shakespearean play Macbeth wicked and evil witches deceive their victim Macbeth by equivocating his prophecies As a result of this new half-true knowledge Macbeth makes rash decisions that lead him to paranoia grief and his downfall The first set of prophecies the witches reveal to Macbeth in act 1 scene 3 was that Macbeth is to become thane of Glamis thane of Cawdor and that he shall be king They also said Thou shalt get kings though thou be none Macbeth was shocked when the first two prophecies came true In act 1 scene 3 he spoke of his fears saying unfix my hair and make my seated heart knock at my ribs In Elizabethan times witches were known as creatures of the devils satanic creatures who roam the world to cause destruction
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