Fair Is Foul and Foul Is Fair

1004 WordsJan 3, 20115 Pages
“Fair is foul and foul is fair”. The text Macbeth is asphyxiated in themes of treachery, dishonesty, deception shown by the quote “Fair is foul and foul is fair”. This quote shows that despite the fact that something appears to be devout and pure it may underneath be treacherous and evil. The text is smothered in lies and betrayal from various characters. Shakespeare portrays this theme through the Witches and Hecate’s meandering of Macbeth’s prophecy which tricks Macbeth in to believing he is insuperable and he then goes forth to live with no fear. We can also see this through Macbeth’s murders of his spurious friends in which he looks to befriend them yet perfidiously murders them. Macbeth also conveys this through his murder of…show more content…
These two quotes show that Lady Macbeth turned Macbeths mind around when he wasn’t going to go through with the murder flipping his mannerisms and future around. Had Lady Macbeth not have done this Macbeth would have continued on his path of fearing the murder of Duncan and the path of devastation he ended up going down would not have been taken. Lady Macbeth appears to be an angel but her antics with helping Macbeth prove otherwise, she helps Macbeth to fulfil his prophecy but knows she can’t do it herself. Caught with nothing she can do about it she speaks to the gods and pleads “unsex me here and fill me from crown to the toe topfull of direst cruelty.” This quote shows her desire to fulfil the evil plans that Macbeth is required to fulfil. Lady Macbeth also plans Macbeth’s murder of Duncan supporting the brutal events that take place. She tells him to “look like th’innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t”. This quote portrays the foul plans Lady Macbeth had in telling Macbeth how to carry out the evil plots. Lady Macbeth deceitfully forces Macbeth into fulfilling his evil schemes while sitting in the background pretending to look saintly. Shakespeare’s play Macbeth is enclosed in a coffin of deceit, betrayal and lies which places everyone’s future in tragedy. The theme runs throughout the entire play and the severity of the theme ends in death for most characters. The themes of deception are
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