Deception in Macbeth

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Throughout Macbeth things are not always as they seem. Deception is always present with Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and the three witches. The three weird sisters set up the theme of deception with their opening lines “fair is foul, and foul is fair”. They told Macbeth that he'd be safe from all men born of women. They said that he needed to fear only the man that wasn't born of a woman. They also told him that he needed to beware of Macduff. But they didn't link the two predictions. So Macbeth had a false sense of security. He never once considered the man not born of woman to be Macduff, who was delivered by Caesarean section from a dead mother. After the weird sisters finished talking to Macbeth and Banquo they vanished without saying a word.Banquo starts getting nervous about the things the witches didn’t tell them. Macbeth was suppose to be a loyal subject to the king. However, he betrayed this loyalty by murdering the king. Macbeth himself said “as his host, who should against his murder shut the doors, not bear the knife himself. However, he deceived his ruler and assassinated him.

Lady Macbeth says "Your hand, your tongue: look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under't”. Lady Macbeth is the most skilled at persuading others, especially her husband, into believe things that are not true. The above quote, spoken by Lady Macbeth to her husband, shows exactly how manipulative and deceiving she can be. She is telling Macbeth to look and act pure, but to be evil inside, so when the king comes to stay with them they must be perfect hosts but behind king duncans back they will be planning to murder him. Macbeth, evidently led by his wife, but also by his own ambitions, is likewise guilty of deception. He deceives his best friend Banquo, King Duncan, as well as his public. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth also try to use denial and rationalization to deceive themselves. This self-deception leads to grave circumstances for them both. Macbeth is forced into further...
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