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How does the quote "Nothing is, but what is not" relate to "Macbeth"?

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gymnast060 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 8, 2008 at 11:34 AM via web

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How does the quote "Nothing is, but what is not" relate to "Macbeth"?

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purplepenguin | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted November 13, 2008 at 10:48 AM (Answer #2)

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Macbeth builds his kingship on betrayal, murder and intrigue. His lies to protect his dastardly deeds hidethe truth from the people around him.


Everything he does to protect his assumption as the King of Scotland is predicated on a lie (which is his murder of Duncan. Therefore, nothing that he says is true because his lies cover the truth. Macbeth, as King of Scotland, is a fiction of his own doing.

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