The Weapon of Deception (analysis of the use of deception in Acts 1 and 2 of Macbeth) The use of deception is very prevalent throughout the play Macbeth written by Shakespeare. Deception is the act of deceiving. You can compare it to fraud or a scam.
In our world, manipulation takes place in everyday life as a natural impulse for both men and women. In Macbeth, manipulation is centralized around the mask of ambition displaying dominance over humanity. Certainly the witch’s, Lady Macbeth, and our fallen hero Macbeth become puppets of Manipulation it self. Consequently the witch’s power to influence decision-making causes the initial deterioration of Macbeth, along with Lady Macbeth’s influential desire for the throne, and thus Macbeth use of manipulation to create a new embodiment of a mask suffused in ambition for his own cruel deeds.
Lady Macbeth is the character who uses this the most to manipulate people into doing what she wants and her skill even rubs off onto Macbeth. The three major scenes that use this theme are act one scene five, act three scene one, and act three scene four. The theme is the backbone of the story and the murder of King Duncan wouldn’t have happened without this major influence in Macbeth’s
A little white lie won't hurt a fly. Just telling half the truth is good enough, right? Does this sound like a simple truth or an elaborate lie. Deception, when reading Shakespeare’s famous play, Macbeth can agreeably be directed to the three witches. In every medieval story witches are notoriously known for their wicked works. It applies to Macbeth as well. The story also has a noble soldier known to be fearless in battle and loyal to his king and country; this main character of Shakespeare's play is Macbeth. His wife Lady Macbeth on the other hand has quite the opposite character of her husband. This makes the story a lot more suspenseful. Let's get more into the witches half truths and elaborate white lies and how they affect the main character and his wife.
Blind Ambition and Greed The play “Macbeth”, by William Shakespeare illustrates many themes through the characters from the beginning to the end of the story. But the main central theme introduced is Ambition and Greed. As the play goes on we read how Macbeth permits his Ambition and Greed to dictate the outcomes and tragedy’s that occur to himself and others.
Macbeth had the option of taking the direction of murder and betrayal, or not. Feeling tricked instead of disappointed in one’s self for not fulfilling the prophecy is a clear indicator that it was his mistake in believing the prophecy that directed his immoral choices and led to his ultimate decline and destruction. In this, there is a representative idea not to trust everything someone, no matter how credible or believable, says or
Shakespeare’s Macbeth and the Gunpowder Plot Authors often use their works to comment on political and social issues of their lifetime. During the 17th century, William Shakespeare began his career in Protestant England. In this time, the Gunpowder Plot occurred against the government as tensions rose around religion and legislation. Shakespeare brings utilizes characters and deception in Macbeth to bring attention to the Gunpowder Plot’s faults and inform the people of his innocence in the plot.
Macbeth Macbeth started out as a good person but he became cruel and insane because of his trust in evil and untrustworthy ideas and people. Macbeth trust in devious forces leads to his downfall. When Macbeth and Banquo meet the witches in scene i they tell Macbeth and Banquo their future. Macbeth fully trusts the witches until his death, and even when he curses them he still believes them. .
In fact, Macbeth becomes fascinated by them, "would they had stayed." Banquo serves as his conscience, perhaps representing the period audience who would have also thought the witches to be evil and unnatural, and warns him of the dangers of trusting such supernatural messengers; a warning that goes unheeded. After hearing the prophecy, Macbeth already thinks about, "murder," and becomes preoccupied with thoughts of becoming king showing the powerful hold they have over him with only one meeting, scaring the audience who would have believed in Witches. Macbeth believes the Witches as there first prophecy came true and ignores the fact that they’re evil beings whereas Banquo recognizes them for what they are. He even informs his most beloved, Lady Macbeth, who also shares his ambition.
Such feelings are portrayed through dialogue towards others that catch the reader’s interest and refer to past text, such as “And oftentimes, to win us to our harm, the instruments of darkness tell us truths, win us with honest trifles, to betray’s in deepest consequence.” (Shakespeare, Act 1, Scene 3, lines 124-128) where Banquo makes the statement to Macbeth that sometimes, agents of evil earn the trust of others by telling them the truth, which will eventually lead to their own demise. This creates a feeling of misfortune, since Banquo’s comment foreshadows Macbeth’s choice to kill Duncan so that he can become the new king, which is the point where his life begins to fall apart, such as him being murdered too. The author manages to use fate to create a feeling of mystery through the predictions that the witches make, as they might not make too much sense, that lack of sense is the source of that feeling of mystery, such as “First witch: all hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis!
“Fair is foul, and foul is fair”. Equivocation. Equivocation is the use of deliberately misleading words to mislead people. The use of such equivocation is frequent in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, being integral to its plot by driving much of the action. The vile witches manage to cultivate the subconscious desire to be king in Macbeth. Then, when Macbeth seeks the witches, they further equivocate, orchestrating his downfall by misleading him. The author also depicts Malcolm using equivocation to deceive MacDuff into revealing his true personality, helping him develop a valuable alliance to defeat Macbeth. From these instances of deception in Macbeth, Shakespeare shows equivocation as a weapon. Equivocation is a weapon that grants significant power over a situation to its caster by enabling them to reveal the true intentions of the victim and manipulate their action with the results depending on the intent of the equivocator.
At the beginning of William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ the protagonist Macbeth is described as ‘brave’, ‘noble’ and ‘honourable’, however Lady Macbeth’s and Macbeths desire for power consumes them. Macbeth’s ambition overrides his conscience and transformed his greatest strength into his greatest weakness. Macbeth’s inability to resist temptations that led him to be greedy for power, Macbeth’s easily manipulative nature which allowed his mind to be swayed, Macbeth having no self control and his excessive pride was what allowed him to renew his previously honourable and celebrated title into one of an evil ‘tyrant’. Macbeth is led by the prophecies of the witches after they foretell he will become the Thane of Cawdor. Not only the witches, but also his wife easily manipulate Macbeth as she attacks his manhood in order to provoke him to act on his desires.