In Shakespeare's play 'Macbeth', deception plays a very large part in
the relationships and thoughts about and towards others. There are
phrases thought or talked about by Macbeth and his wife which signify
the similarities between them and deceive other.
'Fair is foul and foul is fair' The witches say this at the very
beginning of the play (1.1.11) and it is written to confuse us as two
phrases that are together and have a link yet are mysterious and have
a hidden meaning that is that Macbeth can seem very kind and loyal but
actually is evil and treacherous or the opposite with other
characters. They are then repeated later on by Macbeth who phrases it
differently but means it in the same manner "So foul and fair a day"
(1.3.38). Confusion persists when the characters hide behind their own
masks and hide what they are really thinking about and feel, Macbeth
is a master at hiding what he feels, in this case he is hiding his
true personality, a personality that at the beginning of the play we
thought to be good-natured and kind but it is actually one full of
evil and deceit.
In Act 1, Scene 5, Lady Macbeth enlightens us by telling us about what
she is thinking and what she wants to do. Macbeth has never seen this
side of his wife before and is shocked and cannot believe that she is
telling him all of this: 'Look like th'innocent flower, but be the
serpent under't' (1.5.63). This quote shows us that all her life she
has actually been evil and just hidden it by looking and acting
innocently around others. The difference is that we can see that what
she is telling Macbeth is a very good...
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...t want to hear and made
him think that they were really happening. Macbeth then pours out his
inner feelings about how scared he was and how he felt to his wife
whom he thinks will help him rid these images from his mind. The odd
thing is, is that Macbeth can and has killed many times on the battle
field with out a thought about it and now one death to an important
figure when there is little chance that he can be harmed scares him
witless so much that he has to go to his wife for support.
The relationship between Macbeth and his wife is a strong yet very
bizarre one. They rely on each other for support when they have done
something wrong or are afraid but never convey their normal lives to
each other or their achievements as this makes them look like a normal
couple of which they don't want to be and aren't seen as.
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