I need a quote from "Macbeth", that goes with this theme."If God's purpose for us is simple, good and clear, why is life sometimes confusing? Why is it sometimes difficult to...

I need a quote from "Macbeth", that goes with this theme.

"If God's purpose for us is simple, good and clear, why is life sometimes confusing? Why is it sometimes difficult to distinguish between reality and appearance?"

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robertwilliam eNotes educator| Certified Educator

"Macbeth" isn't really the play for "God's purpose", as you put it here - God doesn't feature really in the play, or even in in its language. This is likely because Shakespeare imagined the play set against a pagan backdrop - though it could also be, simply, because the play is (like many of the tragedies) a world in which God and Christianity is questioned.

The best I can do for a quote which combines appearance vs. reality with the confusion of higher powers is this one from Act 5, Scene 5:

I pull in resolution and begin
To doubt the equivocation of the fiend
That lies like truth. “Fear not, till Birnam Wood
Do come to Dunsinane,” and now a wood
Comes toward Dunsinane. Arm, arm, and out!
If this which he avouches does appear,
There is nor flying hence nor tarrying here.

Macbeth doubts the "equivocation" (arguing on both sides) of the devil (but also - the witches) - whose lies are like truth. Appearance is different to reality, and it's difficult to be able to believe what the witches say, or even ("if this which he avouches does appear") your own eyes.

As far as appearance vs. reality goes though, there's lots and lots of quotes (already in other Q&A posts if you look at the "Macbeth" group). Start with "fair is foul..." and "is this a dagger...?" and you can't go far wrong.

Hope it helps!