What points can I make about the theme of deception in "Macbeth"?
Deception is a prominent motif in Macbeth, and it ties into the theme of appearance vs. reality. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are the most obvious deceivers in the play: they convince Duncan that they are his hospitable hosts and, later, that Macbeth is the rightful king of Scotland after King Duncan's mysterious murder. One could also argue that the witches are intentionally deceiving Macbeth with their prophecies. Because Macbeth meets a very tragic end, the text might be implying that people who are intentionally deceptive never end up doing very well.