Macbeth and Dramatic Representation

April 9, 2018 General Studies

Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a dramatic representation of the idea that appearances do not always reflect reality. Appearance is the way a person acts on the outside, the reality of that would be who that person really is on the inside. No matter which way anyone looks at this, if you try to act like something you’re not, the truth will show up in the end. This is exactly what happens in Macbeth. Banquo, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, each show the appearance of a person people see them as, but as the story goes on, their true personalities come out.

In the story, Banquo is an honorable man, so he holds back his true feelings so that he does not offend anyone. Banquo and Macbeth run into three witches that make predictions about Macbeth and Banquo. Macbeth says to Banquo “And oftentimes, to win is to do our harm, the instruments of darkness tells us truths, win us with honest trifles to betrays in deepest consequence”. (Act I, Scene 3) Banquo picks his words carefully to Macbeth in order to remain honorable.

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He tries to lighten what he says to Macbeth so that he can think about his next movements. However, Macbeth does not take Banquo’s warnings. Macbeth kills because of the witches predictions and his impatience. He also expects to get what is coming to him. Just like Banquo, Macbeth’s appearance differs from who he really is. Macbeth portrays himself to be strong and wise, but inside he is weak. When he is first hears the witches predictions, he says “come what come may, time and the hour runs through the roughest day”. Act I, Scene 3) What he means is that any good fortune that may come to him in the future, will come on its own. He wants to appear strong, and noble, but in the end, he completely contradicts himself and his statement by greedily killing men to get what he expects is his for the taking. This shows weakness because he believes the witches predictions. Just like her husband, Lady Macbeth, on the outside is noble and strong, but the murders and guilt bother her conscience until she too crumbles.

At one point she says “I have given suck and no how tender tis to love the babe that milks me; I would, while it was smiling in my face, have plucked the nipple from his boneless gums, and dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this”. (Act I, Scene 7) This means she appears to be strong and heartless towards others, but she is not strong at all. Banquo, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth all show their fake personalities on the outside; but prove they are totally different people on the inside. No matter what the circumstance, reality will always conquer appearance in the end .


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