Fair Is Foul and Foul Is Fair Essay

997 Words Dec 26th, 2010 4 Pages
“Fair is foul and foul is fair”.
The text Macbeth is asphyxiated in themes of treachery, dishonesty, deception shown by the quote “Fair is foul and foul is fair”. This quote shows that despite the fact that something appears to be devout and pure it may underneath be treacherous and evil. The text is smothered in lies and betrayal from various characters. Shakespeare portrays this theme through the Witches and Hecate’s meandering of Macbeth’s prophecy which tricks Macbeth in to believing he is insuperable and he then goes forth to live with no fear. We can also see this through Macbeth’s murders of his spurious friends in which he looks to befriend them yet perfidiously murders them. Macbeth also conveys this through his murder of
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Macbeth’s murders are deceitful and two-faced, his friendliness and hospitableness shown on the outside is a blanket that covers the disloyal and evil person that he really is. Macbeth’s was a lying and deceitful person, he appeared to be good to his friends yet only wanting to place them where he wanted which most of the time meant killing them. Duncan was tricked by Macbeth’s lies and fell into the trap of befriending him believing he was a “worthy gentleman”. Macbeth invited Duncan over for a dinner in which he intends to kill him. Duncan is hoaxed into thinking that Macbeth’s intentions are caring and that “the air nimbly and sweetly recommends itself” yet Macbeth’s “false face must hide what the false heart doth know”. These quotes show the contrast between the pair in Duncan believing Macbeth is good and kind-hearted while Macbeth only has his eyes on murdering Duncan. Macbeth is disloyal to his friends and will do anything to fulfil his prophecy.
Lady Macbeth assists with Macbeth’s evil plans and is the main source of all the disaster that happens. Lady Macbeth was the source of the evil yet sat in the background pretending to be good. She turned Macbeth’s mind around through his times of uncertainty about the murders. She wished only for Macbeth to fulfil the prophecy and continuously encouraged him and

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