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The Renaissance play The Tragedy of Macbeth written by William Shakespeare truly demonstrated a compelling tale of greed power and jealousy The play revealed the turn of a good nobleman into a powerful and greedy king It showed audiences how one crime led to another and eventually to a gruesome melee Throughout the tragedy there appeared to be a reoccurring theme stated finest as appearances are deceiving The audience is first introduced to the theme in the first scene of the play where the witches said the profound phrase Fair is foul and foul is fair I i 10 The Tragedy of Macbeth continued to present the idea of images being deceivingly different from the actual appearance First in Act I the key phrase Fair is foul and foul is fair I i 10 was expressed as an example of the constant theme That main phrase foreshadowed how appearances could deceive because in essence it stated that good was bad and bad was good At first the audience was shown that Macbeth was a gentle nobleman who would despise the thought of killing However Lady Macbeth his wife was greedy from the start of the play and continued to persuade her husband into killing the king Duncan The phrase foreshadowed the change in characters as well because Macbeth was the fair individual as his wife would start as the foul one Further on Banquo asked Macbeth Good sir why do you start and seem to fear Things that do sound so fair I iii 51-52 after he was told news by witches that he would be king He was asking why he was frightened by good news meanwhile the audience knew that the witches were pernicious souls In that passage the appearance or sound of the news was good but the truth was not fully told and therefore was misleading Next Lady Macbeth tells her husband Only look up clear To alter favor
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