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Macbeth a tragedy of a mans rise to power and his inevitable downfall embraces various characters who deal with a variety of complex political and social issues Corruption and decay prove to be two of the more important and standout ideas included For Shakespeare as seen in Macbeth personal corruption leads to ultimate corruption and the inevitable decay of society as a whole As the theatrical production progresses multiple allusions to the ideas occur Macbeth and Lady Macbeth act as the paramount examples the corruption that leads to societys decayThe beginning of the play immediately exposes the notion of decay letting the audience know it will be a pervasive mage throughout the drama During the first act the witches in unison prognosticate the events that will follow by chanting Fair is foul and foul is fair Hover through the fog and filthy air I i 11-12 Certainly a theatrical production that deals with consistency and fair play would never use such a description of things that will soon come By using the idea of fair is foul and foul is fair Shakespeare presents the idea that all will become corrupted Water for example with even a hint of pollution stands as polluted water and therefore corrupted water Through the witches Shakespeare informs the audience immediately a dark morbid story of corruption and decay will occur in the near future Likewise in Act 1 scene 3 the second witch announces that she has just gotten back from killing swine She kills the swine not for food but for the apparent joy of murdering animals and letting their carcasses rot Shakespeare accomplishes to use Macbeth as a character to show the audience how a corrupt heart and deteriorating sense of self leads to the decay of the social order overall Recently promoted by the king Duncan Macbeth now possesses a position of much more success and power which he should use to benefit the
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