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How Does Macbeth turn from fair to foul? In the play 'Macbeth', the words 'fair' and 'foul' appear many times. These words are used by the witches

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Macbeth How Does Macbeth turn from fair to foul? In the play 'Macbeth', the words 'fair' and 'foul' appear many times. These words are used by the witches and these words symbolise good and evil. These witches will play a game which will turn Macbeth from good to evil. In the first scene of the first act, three witches plan their next meeting in which they will encounter Macbeth. It is in this scene that the motif is first presented and it sets the scene for the rest of the play, as the three witches chant, 'fair is foul, and foul is fair, hover through the fog and filthy air'. The witches meet again in scene three of act one. One of the witches discusses a curse she has placed on a woman's husband who she refused to share her food. This display of evil supernatural powers and spitefulness suggests that the witches may have some influence on the development of the motif. ...read more.


Act one scene five sees Macbeth and Lady Macbeth planning to kill Duncan who is the king of Scotland. On line fifteen, Lady Macbeth is talking about Macbeth, 'Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o' the milk of human kindness, To catch the nearest way'. Lady Macbeth feels that Macbeth is too good to murder Duncan. She goes on and says to spirits, 'unsex me here and fill me from the crown to the toe top full of direst cruelty'. She wants to be cruel like the witches so she can carry out the wicked, evil plans to murder Duncan. Macbeth arrives later and Lady Macbeth says, ' look like the innocent flower, But be the serpent under't'. She is telling Macbeth how to conduct the murder; she is persuading him to go through with it and not change his mind. In scene seven of the first act, Macbeth starts off with his big soliloquy. ...read more.


In these lines, Lady Macbeth threatens that she would smash her baby's head if it meant achieving their goals. After killing Duncan and becoming queen, she realises her mistakes and is driven mentally ill by it. In her case, she has gone from what was once foul, to become fair - so this is ironic. Macbeth has believed every thing the witches have said and they have led him to the foul or evil side. Macbeth has replaced his belief in God with a belief in them. Near the end of the play, just when he is about to die, he says, 'And be these juggling fiends no more believ'd', this is ironic because he does listen to them when he is alive but he doesn't when he is about to die. Throughout the play, Macbeth, the general mood is one of deceit and betrayal. There is lots of positive diction in the beginning but then there is suddenly more negative diction such as 'fear', 'killed' and 'cruelty'. What appears to be fair is foul. ?? ?? ?? ?? Mahesh Vidhyadharan 11K6 ...read more.

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