Macbeth 2

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  • Appearance vs. Reality
  • Act 2
  • II, i, 44-46: "Is this a dagger I see before me, the handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee." Macbeth begins to hallucinate, and in his hallucinating, reveals his true intent, to murder Duncan. This is what lies behind how he appears to everyone else, loyal and brave.
  • II, ii, 63-64: Lady Macbeth instructs Macbeth to "carry them and smear the sleepy grooms with blood." In smearing the guards with blood, it appears that they committed Duncan's murder, but obviously, in reality, the murder still belongs to Macbeth.
  • II, ii, 86: Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth that "A little water clears us of this deed." Appearance wise, the water will clean the blood from Macbeth's hands and hide the evidence. However, in reality, Macbeth still murdered Duncan, and blood will always metaphorically be on his hands.
  • II, iii, 135-137: "Who could refrain that had a heart to love, and in that heart courage to make 's love known?" Macbeth is trying to make it seem like he was very loyal to Duncan, wanting to depict himself as a man of love and courage, while in reality, he is a cruel murderer.
  • II, iii, 165: Donalbain says to Malcolm that "There's daggers in men's smiles." Donalbain understands that appearances can be very deceiving. Just because a smile appears to be welcoming, doesn't mean the intentions behind it are true.
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