Macbeth Corruption Quotes

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“Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is and the tree is the real thing.” Once quoted by the late President Abraham Lincoln, this quote relates to the character of Macbeth in Shakespeare's play Macbeth, as he appeared as an unexpecting new leader but was really a greedy, murderous monster. Though he is constantly manipulated by his wife Lady Macbeth in their horrendous plan to murder their King, Duncan of Scotland. Shakespeare uses both flowers and birds to convey a theme of appearance vs reality. Shakespeare uses flowers to represent innocence in a time of corruption to convey theme. Early in the story before Macbeth was to murder Duncan, he is very reluctant to go through with doing so. Using …show more content…

Many times throughout the story macbeth is compared to a bird most commonly an owl. Shortly after Macbeth has murdered Duncan was the enthronement ceremony of Macbeth into his new place of royalty. Talking with Ross was a seemingly wise old man who stated “On Tuesday last, a falcon, tow'ring in her pride of place, was by a mousing owl hawked at and killed.” through this quote we can infer that this is in reference to what the Old Man knows about Duncan, the falcon, being “hawked at and killed” by macbeth, the owl(2.4.11-13). In the modern day owls are known as wise calm creatures that stick to taking down smaller pray like mice. The falcon is supposed to be the violent bird of prey. So seeing the calm animal attack and kill the fierce animal is showing to the difference in the reality of Macbeth's personality to what he shows on the outside, that the is a harmless and noble gentleman that would never commit treason against the country he seems to love so much. Again referenced as a bird is King Duncan, to a raven instead of a falcon. Again he is mention in the same sentence of another menacing bird being brought to

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