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In Shakespeares Macbeth one of the reoccurring themes throughout the play was Fair is foul and foul is fair This is used to explain that people and events may seem either good or bad but after some inspection turn out to be the opposite In my opinion Nothing is but what is not is similar to Fair is foul and foul is fair because it is declaring how things are in fact what people believe they are contrary to First throughout the play many people end up being the opposite of how their peers actually perceive them In the plays opening act the Thane of Cawdor is discovered as being a leader of the rebel forces after Duncan had previously believed in his loyalty In act one the same can also be said for Macbeth As soon as the witches tell Macbeth of his new title and then foretell that he will be king he too begins to turn his once loyal thoughts against the beloved king In addition to Macbeth his wife is also a good example She is busily making her castle ready for Duncans visit When he arrives he gives her gifts and thanks her for being his host when she was actually planning his murder It is a popular reoccurrence in a number of the Shakespearean plays for people to appear to be one thing but on the inside to be completely different Not only does this theme apply to people but it also applies to different events during the play as well There are comments made to how the day is Foul and fair This simply relates someones emotions to the weather They could be personally having a terrible day but the weather outside is simply gorgeous The same was said for Macbeths castle when Duncan and his followers arrived for their visit Duncan himself commented on how nice the castle appeared Little did he know that it would be
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