Theme: Appearance vs Reality

Macbeth: Appearance vs Reality

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Theme: Appearance vs Reality by Mind Map: Theme:  Appearance vs Reality

1. "Fair is Foul, Foul is Fair"

2. Dominant Theme: Shakespeare uses this theme to caution us about judging things based on face value.

3. Macbeth: Was once loyal and noble

3.1. His title come by foul means eg. killing Duncan

3.2. Seems loyal but his wife advises him to "look like the innocent flower/but be the serpent under't. He must hide his feelings under a disguise of innocence.

4. Present in characters and events

5. Characters: Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and witches

6. Witches: Macbeth considers them to be fair - reality their intentions are foul

6.1. (Look like men and woman)

7. Lady Macbeth: First appearances - ambitiously evil and foul character. "How tender'tis to love the babe that milks me:/ I would, while it was smiling in my face,/ Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums, / And dash'd the brains out". She threatens that she would smash her baby's head if it meant achieving her goals.

7.1. After killing Duncan and becoming king she realises her mistakes and she is driven mentally ill by it. She cannot live with the guilt.

7.1.1. What was once foul becomes fair.

8. Events: Duncan invited to banquet hosted by Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Duncan describes the castle in a positive manner - " The castle hat a pleasant seat; the air". Ironically - Macbeth murders him in his sleep in the castle.