Essay about Lies, Deceit, And Bamboozling Of Shakespeare 's Macbeth
Honors World Lit. 101A
18 November 2014
Lies, Deceit, and Bamboozling in Shakespeare’s Macbeth One could easily call Shakespeare clever, far beyond his time, and even a genius. He exemplifies all of these qualities in his writing of the famous dramatic tragedy Macbeth, about a man who yearns for glory and is willing to do unthinkable acts to achieve his goals. One reoccurring motif in Macbeth is the characters’ natural inclination to deceive others. In Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, many of the characters use deceit and trickery in an attempt to produce a desired outcome for their futures.
The power-hungry female protagonist, Lady Macbeth, uses her femininity and other methods of trickery to hoodwink the other characters. The first mention of hiding one’s true intentions is made by Lady Macbeth in Act I “Your hand, your tongue: look like the innocent flower, /But be the serpent under’t” (Shakespeare 1.5.63-64). According to Herbert R. Coursen Jr., “the serpent suggests the deception which slithered into Eden to tempt Eve” (376). She convinces her husband to appear innocent, like a flower, but behave with evil intentions, like a snake. In addition, Lady Macbeth encourages Macbeth to betray King Duncan by getting on the King’s “good side” and becoming trusted. In doing this, it is easier for them to carry out this devious plan of murdering Duncan. Lady Macbeth also deceives people by using her womanhood to seem innocent. For…