Appearance Versus Reality Macbeth Essay
"Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn / The power of man, for none of women born shall harm Macbeth" (IV, i, 78-80). To Macbeth this appears to mean that no man can defeat him as without a woman a birth cannot occur.This appearance gives him the false security that he will not be defeated in combat by another man.The Witches knew that Macduff was not of women born and was removed from the womb through a caesarian section therefore giving him the power to defeat Macbeth.
Two of these apparitions were equivocations in order to mislead Macbeth.The third apparition was also an equivocation from the Witches in which things were not as they seemed."Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be until / Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill / Shall come against him" (IV, I, 91-93).During this interaction, they begin their habit of encouraging Macbeth to act without showing him the full picture of what the future holds for An Altered Destiny The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare is an illustration of the supernatural and power of suggestion.This play opens with three suspenseful witches chanting a spell.In Macbeth, Shakespeare portrays the theme of appearance versus reality through the character of Macbeth, and more specifically, his relationship with King Duncan.Upon meeting Macbeth, Duncan thinks quite highly of Macbeth and ..middle of the document...Once again this shocking reality versus the appearance that was given to Macbeth through the apparition misled him into a false sense of security. Macbeth has shown this when he was hesitating to murder Duncan, as he states, “But in these case we still have judgment here, that we but teach bloody instructions…” (I This shows that Macbeth is a sensible character that thinks before making any harsh decision as Imagery In Macbeth Imagery is often used in literary work to convey a visual description of themes.In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, imagery plays a significant role of enhancing themes of appearance vs. unnatural, evil and secrecy for the reader to better conceptualize through characters and the atmosphere.The Witches of course knew that trees could not move on their own however, the branches of the trees in the Great Birnam Wood forest were broken off by Macduff's army and carried to Dunsinane Hill as a way to disguise themselves.Since the Great Birnam Wood has now moved to Dunsinane Hill Macduff's army has the power to defeat Macbeth. Finally, throughout the act, Macbeth has been depicted as being inexpedient which, starkly contrasts with Lady Macbeth being opportunistic.