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Fair is Foul, and Foul is Fair

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Bradley Fenwick

on 2 May 2011

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Transcript of Fair is Foul, and Foul is Fair

Macbeth Polar Themes "Fair is Foul, and Foul is Fair" The theme that, "Fair is Foul, and Foul is Fair", is introduced promptly in the very first scene of the play, at line 11... "FAIR IS FOUL, AND FOUL IS FAIR" Since this theme was introduced so early, the reader can assume that it will have a significant and influencial part in the play. This theme can be interpretted as good is bad, and bad is good. It is important for the characters to be able to draw the line, as to what REALLY is good and what REALLY is bad. HOWEVER... Fair Foul ACT 1 ACT 2 ACT 3 ACT 4 ACT 5 Lady Macbeth has a very wide perception of what is fair, to what most other people would consider foul. "How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums, and dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn as you Have done to this." Through a very graphic description, Lady Macbeth describes what lengths should we go to to keep her word, even though her actions could be considered fair by no means, and have devastating results. After careful thought and discovering that Duncan is an excellent king in everyone's opinion, Macbeth decides to go ahead and do the worst thing possible; kill his king in his own house. Also, the witches plot the idea of being King into Macbeth's head, an idea that he and Lady Macbeth become obsessed with... "I go, and it is done; the bell invites me. Hear it not, Duncan; for it is a knell that summons thee to heaven, or to hell." In order to fulfill the prophecy given to him by the witches, Macbeth goes to extreme lengths and murders the King. An extremely foul thing that somehow seems fair in his mind. To add to his already extreme level of unfairness, Macbeth proceeds to blaming Duncan's sons Malcolm and Donaldbain for the murder of Duncan, which Macbeth had done himself. "We hear our bloody cousins are bestow'd in England and in Ireland, not confessing their cruel parricide, filling their hearers with strange invention." To add insult to injury, Macbeth not only murders their father, but also decides to blame Malcolm and Donaldbain for his murder. As Banquo becomes suspicious, and may potentially become an obstacle for his position as King, Macbeth decides he must find a similar fate as Duncan. "It is concluded: Banqup, they shoul's flight, If it find heaven, must find it out to-night." After starting his treachery, Macbeth feels there is no turning back, so he continues to be reckless and murder anyone who gets in his away. After committing some very terrible acts, Macbeth must face what he's done, as Banquo's ghost appears. "Thou canst not say I did it: never shake Thy gory locks at me." Macbeth finally has a consequence for his actions, and begins to panic after being tormented by Banquo's ghost. After Banquo's ghost has helped him to realize what terrible things he has done, Macbeth demands the assistance of the witches, to provide more prophecies to supply him with a peaceful state of mind. "I conjure you, by that which you profess - Howe'er you come to know it - answer me:" Macbeth finds no comfort in the apparations, and after being foul in his actions while thinking to be fair in his mind, things may go both ways, and foul events may come his way. Filled with grief and having an unbearable conscience, Lady Macbeth decides to take her own life. "The queen, my lord, is dead." With an extremely heavy conscience that Lady Macbeth can no longer bear, she decides to take her own life. "Then he is dead?" By the sword of Macduff, Macbeth finally falls. After being selfish and acting foul while thinking himself to be fair, Macbeth finally gets what was coming to him, and for all his foul actions, his death is what is fair.
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