What are good theme statements one could make for Macbeth?

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There are multiple theme statements, or topic sentences, one could create in order to speak to appearance verses reality, the supernatural, and ambition (as seen in William Shakespeare's tragic play Macbeth).

Appearance verses Reality

In William Shakespeare's play Macbeth, the appearance of the dagger and Banquo's ghost appeal to the theme and motif of appearance verses reality.

In William Shakespeare's Macbeth, many motifs speak to the theme of appearance verses reality.


Elements of the supernatural, such as Banquo's ghost, the witches, the apparitions, and the dagger, appear as motifs in Macbeth.

William Shakespeare included elements of the supernatural in his play Macbeth in order to find favor from King James I.


Without the motif of ambition in Macbeth, the play would not exist as the tragedy it is known as.

In William Shakespeare's play Macbeth, the recurring motif of ambition proves to be the one thing which supports Macbeth's desire to obtain and keep the throne.


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