Macbeth 'Fair Is Foul '

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The Comparison of Macbeth and characters in terms of “ Fair is foul.”

You probably have experienced that you picked a book because you liked its cover, but it was not worth-reading. In the play of “Macbeth”, also a main character written by William Shakespeare is like that. He is deeply ambitious, though one incidence he experiences completely leads him to the tragedy that happens at the end of the play. The theme, “Fair is foul.” which literally means that things are not as they seem, influences on the play in terms of how the story goes and its characters.

Everything begins at the moment when Macbeth and Banquo with witches in a heath. They are on their way to the Macbeth’s castle from a big victory of the war against Norway. Then witches tell them predictions which indicate Macbeth eventually becomes the king of Scotland and descendants of Banquo become kings yet, Banquo is not. By focusing on their attitudes, it is obvious that their response to what they are told are different. Banquo, Macbeth’s fellow knows the nature of equivocations. It is, that things that sound good always have aspects of bad sides as he commonly questions to witches for the truth and perceives as it is. In contrast, Macbeth even grows his passion for his fame that he always hides in his heart- being the king. He does not know what comes over him since he has thoughts of something has to be done to take over the king’s throne. How they perceive the predictions by witches forever change their fate.

In general, witches are considered as one supernatural but in this play, they play important roles by being able to identify that Macbeth fully trusts their predictions. The key concept of whole predictions by witches are foul yet fair. In other words, they are good at leading Macbeth into temptations by saying good words not telling him any background of them. Unlike Banquo, he continues over thinking what they tell him and make plans for the murder of Duncan. He is not able to...
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