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The equivocal words fair and foul echo throughout Macbeth from the very beginning of the play when the witches say Fair is foul and foul is fair Hover through the fog and filthy air Throughout the play the contrast between fair and foul creates dramatic tension It links the witches to Macbeth represents Macbeths inner moral conflict and shows the development of Macbeths and Lady Macbeths characters Thus Shakespeare uses this conflict between foul and fair to create links between some characters and to separate others Macbeths first line is So foul and fair a day I have not seen This connects his language to that of the witches and immediately makes him appear similar to the three weird sisters He is referring to bad weather as foul and their victory against Norway as fair starting the long list of contrasts between foul and fair Then the witches appear and they prophesize that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor and later king The witches are the next aspect of the play that are both foul and fair as they seem to be nice by telling Macbeth the truth however they cause Macbeth to kill Duncan in the first place When Macbeth realises that the witches probably were telling the truth when Ross and Angus call him the Thane of Cawdor he wonders when he would become king and thinks about killing Duncan to make it sooner If the witches had not told him that he would become king he would never have even thought about committing regicide and it therefore represents the beginning Macbeths confusion between good and evil So there are two foul and fair things in the first five pages When Ross and Angus meet Macbeth to give him the title of the Thane of Cawdor another fair and foul aspect of the play is revealed The news that they bring him is mainly good but it reveals some bad
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