Analysis Of Fair Is Foul And Foul Is Fair In Macbeth

analytical Essay
1402 words
1402 words

"Fair is foul and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air” (1.1.11-13). Humanity has the proficiency of being two-faced, one can be bad but appear good as well as be good but appear bad. Macbeth, a play written by William Shakespeare best exemplifies the following theme, “Fair is foul and foul is fair.” By opening the play with these lines, Shakespeare created an eerie atmosphere and promptly expressed the play’s theme. The composition portrays a Scottish soldier named Macbeth who is met by three witches with foreshadowing greetings, he is told he will be King and then falls into darkness to gain power despite the harsh consequences. Within the plot, the theme “fair is foul and foul is fair” is established and repeated throughout the play. The theme not only weaves its way into the narrative, it is shown within the supernatural beings, incidents, and play’s characters. …show more content…

In Macbeth, witches are described as beings who view life in a different standpoint. They believe what is good is bad and what is bad is good. The witches had not only helped, but have also broke Macbeth. After the “weird sisters” tell Macbeth he will be thane of Cawdor, thane of Glamis and King, Banquo says: “That, trusted home, Might yet enkindle you unto the crown, besides the thane of Cawdor. But ’tis strange. And oftentimes, to win us to our harm, The instruments of darkness tell us truths, Win us with honest trifles, to betray’s In deepest consequence.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how banquo believes that the "weird sisters" win their confidence with small truths, but will end up deceiving them in another powerful way.
  • Analyzes how macbeth's actions are influenced by themes such as "fair is foul" and "foul is fair."
  • Analyzes how lady macbeth's character changes expressively throughout the play, connecting her to the theme of 'fair is foul'.
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