Fair Is Foul, Foul And Foul Is Fair Essay

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Fair is Foul, Foul is Fair
“Fair is foul, and foul is fair.” (Shakespeare 11 1.1 11) the witches open the play by saying this sentence, which creates a recurring theme throughout the play. The witches start the play by chanting the verse, suggests that they are twisting the plot of the play in which moral order has been reversed. Witches are evil supernatural. They like trick human beings and mess up how their world proceeds. This verse describes a discrepancy between appearance and reality, it also creates a foreshadow into what will happen. Since this is a recurring theme throughout the play, everything that happened has a different outcome than what is expected.
Discrepancy between characters’ appearance and reality is shown throughout the play. The most significant character that reflects this is Lady Macbeth and Macbeth. When Lady Macbeth is persuading Macbeth to murder King Duncan to take the crown, she said “That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here / And fill me, from the crown to the toe, top - full / Of direst cruelty!” (Shakespeare 24 1.5 44-45). She wants to show that she is not weak and powerless as she said to remove all feminine sensitivities from her. Discrepancy is also reflected in Lady Macbeth’s appearance and characteristic when King Duncan visited Macbeth’s castle to celebrate his reigning of Thane of Cawdor. Lady Macbeth showed her wickedness, as she is anxious for Macbeth to become the King of Scotland. She said to Macbeth “look like an innocent…

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