Appearances and Reality in Macbeth Notes

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Appearances and Reality
Act 1 reveals the forces of good and evil and a deceptive environment in society * Macbeth’s world is a place where bad is good and good is bad = deception is evident * “Fair is foul and foul is fair”

S2 – gives us more knowledge of Macbeth as with the sergeant’s account of Macbeth * Courageous efforts in the war in support of King Duncan * “If I say sooth, I must report they were/ As canons overcharged with double cracks, so they/ Doubly redoubled strokes upon the foe/ * Through this Macbeth is portrayed as a valiant soldier but we as the audience know that from S1 that the forces between good and evil are not easily identified. * Macbeth is described as valiant but “fair is foul and foul is fair”

Lady Macbeth is portrayed as being a very well-mannered and well-groomed housewife when in reality she is just as evil as the witches. When Duncan comes to the Macbeth residence, she seems as though she is happy and delighted to see the king; * All our service/ In every point twice done and then done double” * Demonstrates hypocritical traits through her behaviour, actions and speech. * Soon after, asks evil spirits or “tend on moral thoughts [and] unsex” her * We are introduced to the interesting idea that a housewife (the woman behind the man) could force her will upon a supposedly strong-minded husband. L.M. manipulative and constantly changing character is of interest in A1, because she seems to be the central figure in determining the fate of King Duncan.

Act 1 presents and demonstrates a world full of deception;
* The uncertainty and inconsistency in the characters
* Characters show many human traits and emotion that the audience can identify with * Makes it harder to judge characters
* A lot of mental involvement

Macbeth is clearly described as a man with conflicting sides to his personality; * He seems to be a loyal and gallant hero as he is described by the king as...
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