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Macbeth - Fair is Foul Fair is foul and fouls is fair Hover through the fog and filthy air The paradox Fair is foul and foul is fair expresses some of the many themes of Macbeth There are several different ways in which these words can be interpreted The first time we hear the statement is in the opening scene when the witches say the exact line Fair is foul and foul is fair and Macbeth himself repeats it later almost precisely in Act 1 Scene 3 So fair and foul a day I have not seen Act 1 Scene 1 line 48 Which suggests a link between Macbeth and the sisters though the interesting thing is that he hasnt even met them yet although they have already conspired to meet with him They lure him with fair means by telling him a small truth to a foul end Banquo suspects this but Macbeth ignores his warnings The witches themselves seem to be the embodiment of the foul part of the phrase At the time people were very superstitious about witches believing they were evil and should be burned They would obviously assume the witches to be evil and untrustworthy During this time Guy Fawkes had tried to overthrow the English king but had failed However Macbeth succeeded in acquiring the throne Perhaps it was only because of the evil witches that he managed to do so It is possible that he wouldnt have even attempted to become king if the witches had not enticed him with their predictions The witches also have an eerie atmosphere about them because they always speak in rhyme When they were first introduced they were meeting in a storm and by the darkness and turbulence the audience can tell straight away that they are going to be evil characters in the play Also the ingredients they use for their spells and charms are unnatural and
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