What is the significance of appearance vs. reality in Shakespeare's Macbeth

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The audience learns that things will not always be what they seem in Macbeth in the first scene, when the witches chant "Fair is foul, Foul is fair" as they go off to meet Macbeth . The title character himself refers to the day's action, followed by the encounter with the witches, as a "fair and foul" day. Once he learns the prophecy, he is not certain whether it will be good or bad for him. Clearly, he is pleased that he will become king. This is apparently a good thing. Yet the audience is always...

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in shakespeare play there are numerous occations where this phrase "appearence v/s reality" can be applied. this phrase means that by look and appearence of face we cannot tell the true reality present in one's mind. when duncan came to know about the treachery of the thane of cawdor he says

there's no art to find man's ingratitude by looking at his face.

another occassion is scene iv when duncan declares malcolm as his successor and the prince of cumberland. macbeth says aside 

stars hide your fires. let not see my black and deep desires.


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