Topic: Appearances vs. Reality
Theme: Things aren’t always what they seem.
Some of the characters in Macbeth are presented as someone they’re not, resulting in others making an inaccurate opinion about them. Lady Macbeth, being one of them, is especially cunning and deceives the King of Scotland himself, King Duncan. She shows that she approves the idea of hiding behind a mask, when she encourages Macbeth to “look like th’ innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t” 1.5.56-57. She says this when she is trying to convince Macbeth to kill the King, in order to replace him, and be in power. She is trying to persuade Macbeth to be innocent, and trusting, to put up an act for Duncan, but in reality, be like the evil, venomous snake, poised and ready to strike, and kill Duncan. She is asking Macbeth to wear a mask, and pretend to be someone he is not, in order to attain his goal. King Duncan wrongly misinterprets Lady Macbeth, as being someone who is kind and trustworthy, when in actuality; she is the one planning his death. The two guards were also wrongly accused of King Duncan’s Murder were finished by Macbeth, who was the real murderer. We see that Lady Macbeth had set up the scene to make it seem as though the guards had slain the King, in the quote “If he do bleed, I’ll gild the faces of the grooms withal, For it must seem their guilt” 2.2.55-57. This is when Macbeth comes holding the daggers that he killed King Duncan with, and Lady Macbeth tells him to return them. When he refuses, she says that she’ll put the daggers in the hands of the guards, and smear Duncan’s blood all over their hands to make it seem as if they had committed the murder, not Macbeth. She changes the scene to make it look like something other than what was real happened, and since that’s what everyone sees, that is what they believe. There is more to the characters of Macbeth that meets the eye, and it is evident that many things and people are tampered