Fair And Fair Is Fair In Macbeth

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Bearded witches, permanently bloody hands, and floating daggers: Macbeth is sort of like a spook house at a fair. Nothing there is quite what it seems. “Fair is foul and foul is fair.” (Shakespeare 1.1.12) the rivers of blood turn out to be corn syrup and red food coloring, and the skeletons in the closet are just old plastic. Truth and reality are often murky in Macbeth and the distinction between what is "foul" and what is "fair" is frequently blurred. It is evident throughout the play, that appearances do not always accurately reflect reality.
Lady Macbeth's whole character is evidence to this theme. “O gentle lady, ‘tis not for you to hear what I can speak: the repetition, in a woman’s ear, would murder as it fell.” (Shakespeare 2.3.?)
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Look like th’ innocent flower, but be the serpent under ‘t.” (Shakespeare 1.5.?) This means he needs to not show his real thoughts in anything he does. He should put on a facade of a loyal subject, and a family member. The reason for this falseness is to deflect any suspicion that they are plotting an evil deed. Both Macbeth and she should appear as welcoming hosts, when they are actually planning his murder. They drew him in like a sweet smelling flower to lower his defenses, then struck deadly in the…show more content…
This theme is woven through the play with care and complexity. The points above discuss some of the major examples of the hidden truths behind curtains of lies, some of them are spoken and some acted out. Macbeth lived and died in a world that was cloaked in question of what was real and what was not. This world did not start out this way for Macbeth. Only upon the entrance of the witches, where ambition seemed to overtake his sense of honor and what was right, did his own choices continue to compound the ever growing difficulty to identify the reality of his life and his

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