Quotes: 2) Duncan’s naive and misplaced trust shows that none can be believed or truly relied upon.The dramatic irony between himself and Macbeth as well as his dismissal of Donalbain’s advice are key.
This is right before he marries the king’s widow in order to obtain the throne.
He also lives in an illusion of love for an inherited son.
The focus of this essay is the struggle between illusion and reality in Hamlet.
The theme of illusion versus reality outlines the great play due to the fact that various characters portray themselves as different people on the outside than they really are on the inside.
Quotes: 4) Macbeth fools Duncan and carries out his coup against him.
In the aftermath of the murder he abandons his once dearly held principles and lies to the assembly.Maintains his reputation while secretly corrupted by his own delusions of grandeur by building up a masquerade of selfless devotion and martyrdom.Quotes: 5) Banquo is the most subtle example of appearance vs reality. Unlike the others his mask is never unveiled due to his untimely demise at the hands of Macbeth.She just can't realize that while she may be in love with the fake, others hate being in an ignorant state. That pitch about your ideals being so old-fashioned and all the malarkey that you've dished out all summer. But, I was full enough to believe you were straight."(Mitch, page 117) This shows the response that she got to all of her deceit.Mitch may have stuck by her if she had only told him about her past. I think she does this because she feels so terrible that she found out about her dead husbands doings, and she would never want anybody to feel bad about knowing her mis-doings.In A Streetcar Named Desire, several of the characters use illusion to make themselves more sociably acceptable. She will lie, or "elude" any chance she gets if it will make her look good.Stella uses the "illusion" of a happy marriage to make her life bearable.Illusion Versus Reality In Shakespeare’s famous tragedy Hamlet there is a dominant and overwhelming theme that is amplified throughout the entire play. Many of Shakespeare’s most complex characters hide behind multiple masks of lies and deceit.The American Heritage Student Dictionary defines illusion as “an unreal or misleading appearance or image” and reality as “the state of things as they actually exist”.Using the theme of appearance vs reality, Shakespeare delves deep into the darker side of humanity and the inner plotting/scheming of the human mind.1) Witches: the witches set the scene for confusion and illusion in the play.