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Macbeth In the novel Macbeth written by William Shakespeare the idea that appearances can be deceptive is presented as a major theme throughout the play It is first introduced by the witches Later on it is presented through Macbeth himself and also Lady Macbeth The three witches first introduce the theme in Act one Scene one with their closing statement Fair is foul and foul is fair This introduces the idea of deceptiveness of appearances throughout the whole play This particular quote means that what is good is bad and what is bad is good They begin to tell Macbeth that if he murders the King he himself will take his rein In other words they are telling him that its okay to kill the King because in the end he will receive his title In Act one Scene three the three witches give Macbeth the title of king hereafter Soon after they leave two Scottish noblemen come in and announce to Macbeth that the King has named him Thane of Cawdor He contemplates killing King Duncan in order to become king hereafter as the witches called him Once again the witches introduced this idea to Macbeth getting him to believe that it was a positive one But really what came of it wasnt really so positive Although he seems very innocent Macbeth is a pure example of the theme appearances can be deceptive In Act one Scene three Macbeth says And nothing is but what is not He has been thinking about murdering the King and the picture of himself as the murderer is so vivid that he is not capable of seeing anything around him In Act two Scene one he says and withered murder Alarumed by his sentinel the wolf Whose howls his watch thus with his stealthy pace With Tarquins ravishing strides towards his design In his imagination Macbeth starts to see murder as a withered man who is
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