Macbeth, By William Shakespeare Essay

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According to Niccolo Machiavelli, “Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but a few have the gift of penetration.” This quote conveys that humans have the propensity1 to see things only on a surface level. They fail to utilize the skill of ‘penetration’, as Machiavelli mentions, and see what is beyond appearances and understand what things truly mean and represent. When it comes to evaluating the world, people often glance over the truth in order to see what they want to see. This is evidently seen throughout the novel, Macbeth, as Macbeth misinterprets the three apparitions so that he could hide behind his façade2 of being powerful. Macbeth believes that since he’s the king of Scotland with more power than anyone else, no force can ever defeat him. An analysis of literary terms in the play entitled, Macbeth by William Shakespeare, demonstrates that the three apparitions, the armed head, bloody child, and the crowned child with a tree in his hand, all deceive and hamper3 Macbeth from seeing reality since each foreshadow Macbeth’s downfall. Although other aspects such as Macbeth’s character and his inhumane4 actions towards the people also play a role in his downfall, the three apparitions were the most prominent factor in his plight. Lady Macbeth initiated his change in character. In the beginning of play, Macbeth had no intention of king but he was emasculated by his wife, in an attempt to prove himself to her, he ended up killing…

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