The Tragedy of Macbeth: Fair is foul, and foul is fair Essays
exposition, the three witches stated that, “Fair is foul, and foul is fair” to set the stage, but also to foreshadow the effects of the quote on the decisions and outcomes of characters. Recognizing the use of paradoxes, and the irony in them, leaves the reader confused, pending the outcome of the plot. Ultimately, the paradox helps one understand Macbeth, a contradiction himself.
All paradoxes found in Macbeth relate back to “fair is foul, and foul is fair.” The reader gets a taste of such contradictions