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William Shakespeare

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Act 1, scenes 1–4

Act 1, scenes 5–7

Act 2, scenes 1–2

Act 2, scenes 3–4

Act 3, scenes 1–3

Act 3, scenes 4–6

Act 4, scenes 1–3

Act 5, scenes 1–11

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The Theme of Deception in Macbeth (Appearance vs. Reality)

by BookWorm189, March 20, 2013

“Fair is foul and foul is fair
Hover through the fog and filthy air”

One of the main themes rampant in Macbeth is that of deception. There is a disconnect between appearance and reality. Hypocrisy is everywhere and what is good for one person may be bad for others in the play.

The first scene of the play highlights this. We are introduced to the witches, who speak in ambiguous equivocations. The quote “Fair is foul…filthy air” portrays that what is ‘fair’ or good or wholesome for humans is ‘foul’ or unwh... Read more


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Relation between Macbeth and his Supernaturalistic World,including its Impacts.

by Shehanaz, May 21, 2013

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“Man is not the creature of circumstances

Circumstances are the creatures of man.”

Macbeth, throughout the play, is presented as one much above the ordinary beings, and, as such, he fulfils the basic -requirements of being a tragic hero. Shakespeare, introduces him as a brave general, a bold, resolute man of action who through as also referred to “Valor’s minion”, “Bellona’s bridegroom’’, the king’s ‘’valiant cousin’’, a very “eagle’’ among ... Read more


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How powerful are the women in Macbeth? Come and check out what I have to say...


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