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MacBeth - Oxymoron.

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MacBeth: Oxymoron Act 1 Scene 1 Page 274 Line 12-13: "Fair is foul, and foul is fair: / Hover through the fog and filthy air." This quote is interesting to me because it is an oxymoron. Its impossible how fair can be foul when fair is equal or mild and foul is gross and rotten. Its significance is that the witches delight in the confusion of good and bad, beauty and ugliness. Act 1 Scene 2 Page 279 Line 40: "So foul and fair a day I have not seen" This quote simply means that it's one of those days when fog is followed by sunshine, then a thunderstorm, some hail, and more sunshine. In other words nature is acting somewhat strange. Act 1 Scene 3 Page 282 Line 174-175: "My dull brain was wrought / With things forgotten" Macbeth makes the lying excuse that he was thinking about something so unimportant that he has already forgotten what it was. However, those things are far from forgotten. Act 1 Scene 4 Page 284 Line 13-47: "There's no art / To find the mind's construction in the face" I chose this quote because I thought it was pretty interesting how Duncan tells us not that you can't tell a book by its cover. ...read more.


Act 2 Scene 4 Page 309 Line 53-54: "God's benison go with you, and with those/ That would make good of bad, and friends of foes!" The old man is giving a blessing to all those who would restore the goodness and bring peace to the troubled land. The old man knows that Scotland is going to end up in one big mess. Act 3 Scene 1 Page 312 Line 3-4: "Thou play'dst most foully for't. Yet it was said it should not stand in thy posterity." Banquo believes that the witches prophecies are right because it was predicted that the kingship would not remain in Macbeth's Family. Act 3 Scene 1 Page 314 Line 64-68: "They hailed him father to a line of kings. /Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown/And put a barren scepter in my gripe, /Thence to be wrenched with an unlineal hand, /No son of mine succeeding." Macbeth has came to conclusion if he wants to keep his crown he is going to have to kill Banquo and Fleance. He is trying to work against prophecy, something he never learns not to do. Act 3 Scene 2 Page 319 Line 51: "Be innocent of the knowledge" Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth to put on a mask. ...read more.


Lady Macbeth didn't know that Duncan's death would bother her so much. She feels that her hands are now permanently tainted with her evil acts. This shows an even further reversal of the roles between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth. Act 5 Scene 2 Page 354 Line 3-5: "^?for their dear causes would to the bleeding and the grim alarm excite the mortified man." Any man would respond to their call for help, while they take on Macbeth. Act 5 Scene 4 Page 358 Lines 1-2: "Cousins, I hope the days are near at hand/That chambers will be safe" The nobles won't have to worry about being killed in their beds like Duncan was. His speech is basically a pep rally to motivate the nobles and soldiers. Act 5 Scene 7 Page 362 Line1: "They have tied me to a stake; I cannot fly^?" He probably would want things to go back to how they were before the murder. Back then, everyone and everything didn't disturb him. Act 5 Scene 7 Page 362 Lines 22-23: "If thou be'st slain and with no stroke of mine, /My wife and children's ghosts will haunt me still." Macduff can't rest until he gets revenge on the killer of his family, something Malcolm and Fleance didn't say or couldn't do. ...read more.

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