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Minor characters, plot, and imagery in Macbeth.

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Introduction

Macbeth In today's society, people commonly judge one another based on their own standards. How you dress, speak and act are values and measurements on which people can judge you with. Some people tend to emphasize one of the above values over the other, creating differences in opinions frequently. However, those values that people have used to judge others can be faulty with consequences very dire. This is tragically illustrated in Caesar's death, in another Shakespearean classic, Julius Caesar. The great Emperor's death is planned and carried out by the person he loved like a son for all his loyalty and courage, Brutus. The analogous tragedy is also shown in Shakespeare's play, Macbeth. Macbeth is trusted as one of the King's most loyal and faithful servants. However, it is none other than Macbeth himself who murders the King, persuaded by his desire of possessing more power. In Macbeth, the central theme is that one should not base their judgement completely on appearances since they can be deceiving. This can be seen through the minor characters, plot and imagery throughout the play. The minor characters in Macbeth are part of the constant drive of action that ultimately leads to Macbeth's demise. ...read more.

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The theme of Macbeth may cause us to think twice in the future. The central theme of Macbeth is also apparent during the trigger, climax, and tag of the plot. At the trigger, Banquo presents the theme and its significance. Banquo is suspicious of the encounter with the witches, unlike Macbeth who tries to find legitimacy and is curious to find out more about the witches' prophecy. "Oftentimes, to win us to our harm, The instruments of darkness tells us truths, Win us with honest trifles, to betray's, In deepest consequence." (I.iii, 123-126) Although Banquo believes that there is some truth to the witches' claims, he warns that such "small" truths will lure him toward evil and deception. What may appear to be true and fair may be a disguise for foul intent, thus the theme emerges once more. The theme presents itself again shortly after the climax of the play by Lady Macbeth. After Duncan is killed, Lady Macbeth and her husband soon realize that more deaths must follow - including that of Banquo's. Her desire and strong will pushes her to motivate Macbeth, despite his paranoia and lapses of guilt. ...read more.

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Through a metaphor, a simile and personification, it may be seen that appearances can be deceiving. Thus, through imagery, Shakespeare emphasizes the theme once more: that making hasty judgements based on appearances can make us forget the significance of considering all the options. As seen through the minor characters, plot, and imagery in Macbeth it is evident that one should not base their judgment completely on appearances since they can be deceiving. Macbeth is led on by what seemed to be blessing premonition, becoming a king, the most powerful position attainable. However, in order to realize that prophecy, his heart and conscience becomes that of a deceitful villain, hidden behind the face of his loyal and honourable former self. Truly, "foul is fair and fair is foul", since it was that very source of prophecy, which prophesied Macbeth's downfall. People today are led on in the same way, tempted to think that things they see in their daily lives as everything they need to know, wilfully ignoring other possibilities. Though it is improbable to suspect everyone of lies and treachery, the consequences of being unaware can be severe. Thus, rather than making hasty judgements based on what is seen on the outside, one should carefully consider all possibilities. ...read more.

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