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1. In Macbeth, fair is foul, and foul is fair is depicted heavily throughout the course of the play. To put it simply, the meaning of the phrase refers to people and their true motives can be deceiving. Meaning the things that appear “fair” and good may in actuality be “foul” and malignant or evil. This can tie into one of the themes of the play of how when ambition goes unchecked by moral constraints it may lead to destruction. This relates to “fair” and “foul” because though ambition is a good/fair attribute, to much may lead to greed and change one’s morals in the opportunity of gaining power. The repetition of this phrase just magnifies in the play how things and motives may be deceitful. The first utilization of the phrase can be first seen by the witches in scene one. The “foul” aspect that they bring is their ugly, unattractive appearance Banquo refers to(A 1, Scene.3,31) and their true malicious motives and the fair aspect is the beautiful prophecies they entail Macbeth as king and Banquo the father of kings. Macbeth also in Act one, scene three describes how he’s never seen a day so foul and fair. In the opening of the scene it is told that there is a thunderstorm while they return home from the battlefield unharmed which represents another situation of fair and foulness.Though the most revealing use of “fair and “foul” is at the beginning of the play, where King Duncan believes Macbeth to be a loyal servant. Duncan declares to Macbeth how he has “began to favor you and will see you prosper”(A1,S4,43). Though Macbeth eventually betrays Duncan’s trust and murders him to steal the throne. The whole reference of “Fair is foul, and foul is fair” ties into one of the themes of how looks can be deceiving and you never know the true intentions of individuals. As Duncan declares in Act one, “You can never tell from a man’s face what’s going on in his mind.”.2. When the witches are first introduced in the play they enter with thunder, lighting and rain which already builds the dark and ominous presounces. They literally set the stage with a sense of evil and darkness as they “hover through the fog and filthy air.”(Ac, S1,21). In relation to Macbeth the three sister represent temptation , they are the evil motivators that cause in Macbeth to do his tragic flaw. The witches pray on causing misfortune and distress as seen in their action i Act 1 scene two due to a sailor’s wife not giving them chestnuts. They seek weakness in people and finds it in Macbeth and decides to fill his power driven mind with predetermined prophecies. In Macbeth’s first aside on can view the affect the witches prophecies has on him at just the opportunity of power. While Banquo appears unphased, Macbeth feels as though he has only been told half the story and wants to hear more. Desite Banquo’ warning in scene three act one, Macbeth is blinded by his ambitions and considers the witches prophecies as fate. Later when the Thane of Cawdor is given to him, his thoughts about the witches are confirmed and his eyes are set for the crown. In the opening of Act two Macbeth enters with “The deed has been done”, meaning he followed through with his greedful hunger and killed an innocent man for personal gain. He then turns to kill two other innocent men in hopes of covering his initial act all due to the witches maliciously intended fortune-telling.They bring out and encourage Macbeth’s greedful drive demonstrate the external evil forces working against Macbeth and are a reflection of the darkness within Macbeth himself. The witches overall represent an underlying sense of evil and darkness which also plays into the tone and atmosphere of the play.3. Macbeth: In the first viewing of Macbeth he is depicted to be a honorable, brave soldier who “fought hand and hand, sword against sword”, against foes of the King. He is pictured as a noble man of being the inherited Thane Glamis and through his loyalty granted Thane of Cawdor. Though he has much already to his name because of his power driven ambition he wants more. Through his strong flaw of greed, at the slight promises of power he loses his moral footing. As the witches foretell him a seat at the throne he wants to hear more of his fortunes as depicted in act one scene three. After a predictions of the witches comes true he foolishly believed their prochies and believes it is the “first steps toward that ultimate goal, the throne.”(A1,S3,37). This is the first instance in which it is clear that Macbeth is easily manipulated. Through his drive for the throne Macbeth let’s Lady Macbeth encouraging him to “screw up your courage” and contanly mocking his manhood alongside his greed to take the throne. Though after the deed was done of killing Duncan, Macbeth still showed a sense of morality in Act two scene two where he exclaims he is afraid to think of what he has done. In analyzing this Macbeth’s greed does in fact overpowers his moral judgment though he still has a sense of humanity and guilt for his actions.This sense of guilt drastically comes into play after he has his good friend Banquo killed due to his selfishness. In Act three Macbeth exclaims “which of you has done this?” pointing at the ghost of Banquo. This illness and MAcbeth beginning to see things reverts back to his unconscious guilt of the betrayal that he had committed. In summary, due to Macbeth being easily manipulated and his overly ambitious drive he goes against his moral disciplines in order to get what he desires. Macbeth willingly killed off innocent men in order to gain power, even a close friend, which will eventually be his downfall. Lady Macbeth: Lady Macbeth’s whole personality is very manipulative and power hungry which where trait unheard of during this shakespearean time period. Lady Macbeth is depicted as a very masculine character in her introduction of her proclaiming to “rid me of the natural tenderness of y sex and fill me head to toe with the direst cruelty!”(A1,S5,49). From this language one can already speculate that Lady MAcbeth is not the typically woman of this time period. She appears to also have a very dominant role in the actions of Macbeth as she appears to be of the same power hungry nature as he.Macbeth, due to his weak nature, allows her to influence him just as the witches had with their “prophecies”. In Act one scene seven when Macbeth receives from his plans of assinationing the King stating how he has just recently been honored with great respects. Though Lady questions his manhood of now wanting the crown and being a “self-confessed coward”. This proceeding with her telling him to “screw up your courage to the uttermost and we will not fail”. This once again shows how dominant Lady Macbeth is and how strong her influences plays into his actions. Once Macbeth follows through and kills Duncan though was to afraid to face his actions and put the daggers back, Lady once again shows her masculinity and calls him a coward and does it herself. Over all Ladies motives are just as greedful as Macbeth’s and her mature has a drastic impact on the overall play.Banquo: In the play Banquo is a close ally and friend to Macbeth and they together when they meet the Three Witches in Act one . After prophesying that Macbeth will become king, the witches tell Banquo that he will not be king himself, but that his descendants will be.Though Macbeth is all too interested in his prophecies honor Banquo is less phased by the witches predictions.Banquo appears to be much more strong minded than Macbeth as he proclaims ” to tempt us with evil, the devil wins our confidence with tiefling bits of truth”(A1,S3, 37). He is much more wiser than Macbeth and tries to warn him to not take the wrinkled creatures words to heart, though he does despite. Banquo unlike Macbeth remains a loyal servant to the throne and when asked to side with Macbeth he accepts in assurance in “remaining honorable in doing so”Banquo’s character is that of a noble and honourable man who obeyed orders and possessed unwavering loyalty to those he acknowledges. Banquo is a man of integrity. 3. After the murder of Duncan throughout scene two a series of unnatural events begin to take place as result of the great treason. In act two scene four Ross and the Old Man discuss such unnatural events as they occur throughout the castle. The first event emerges as darkness overtakes the daytime a Ross states, “Yet night still smothers the sun. Is the earth in darkness because the da is too ashamed to show its face?”(A2, S4,89). The Old Man then responds on the strange occurrences stating how ” a high-flying falcon was attacked and killed by a mouse-hunting owl.”(A2,S4,89). This occurrence of course stating the irony of the great King Duncan being taken out by falsely accused guards. The last strange occurrence was Duncan’s “beatiful, swift horses with fin pedigrees, suddenly went wild.”, and began to eat one another. This similarly relates to how treasonry occured within the castle of men who turned against the kings just as the horses had amongst one another. These strange occurrences represent the unnatural murder who’s execution fell of the hands of a man who he treated as a son a recently honored. Nature had been pushed out of sync as a result of the Kings murder which caused all these peculiar events. The balance between good and evil, or foul and fair, had been pushed to the side of malicious thanks to Macbeth’s treacherous act. The significance in viewing unnatural in the play to allow an ultimate shift to take place as the natural order of things had been and a entirely new atmosphere is placed o the setting.4. Macbeth is a fascinating character not just because of the soliloquies but because of his personality and moral; decisions. Though he is indeed flawed his is still human filled with ambition, faced with conflict in inner emotions, and wanting to please the women he loves.through his three soliloquies, one can view his character changes and his inner battles in doing what is morally correct or what his greed drives him to do. The main purpose of a soliques is to represent the mindset, thought, feelings and personality of central characters, without his soliloquies, Macbeth would be painted as a blood-thirsty, power-hungry villain whose actions are unforgivable. Through with them one can develop sympathy for him in his confused overly ambitious state. Macbeth’s first soliloquy is the “If it were done when ’tis done…” extract in act one scene 7 of the play. In this thought Macbeth makes a deliberate choice to go against the morality and continue with his “high-leaping ambition”. This soliloquy expresses how macbeth does in fact acknowledge the troubling feeling about murdering a man who has just honored him. Though because of his fatal ambition he refuses to let an opportunity such a King pass him by. In the first 1-12 lines of the entire though he states the only reason that he is hesitant in the task is someone may possible take “even-handed justice”, upon him and in turn killing him. Macbeth’s second soliloquy is captures in the beginning of act own where he uses his imagination, or rather guild to visualize the murder weapon, a dagger. After conversing the details of the crime with Lady Macbeth, Macbeth decides to go through with the “terrible feat”(A1,S7,60). As he sits alone waiting to be summoned by the bell to murder Duncan, he thinks over his decision for the last time before it is too late. Though Macbeth knows what he sees is merely his imagination ad brought on by “The invention of a sick mind”, he still allows the “clots of blood” covered blade to affect him. One can only wonder if a few more moments of deliberation would have changed Macbeth’s mind. Macbeth’s final soliloquy of the present acts is set in the beginning of act three where Macbeth has finally killed Duncan and at last became King though he feel his crown is not fully secured. The culprit of this suspicious is his ally and friend Banquo where he states ” i fear Banquo greatly”. Macbeth’s mistrust of Banquo presence makes him further examine the witches prophecies and their true meanings. The Witches initially started, as they both beard, that Macbeth will have no successors meaning he went all his hardship or more specifically “corrupted my Macbeth’s mind for Banquo’s offspring”. Macbeth’s unease causes him to resent Banquo’s existence and his offspring and seek to kill them both to secure his “rightfully” acuried throne and “challenge fate to the death!”. Macbeth’s first two soliloquies differ from his last one demonstrating a key change in his character. In the murder of Dunans his feelings are revealed to invoke shame and guilt whereas the motive of murdering Banquo is due to pure anger and hate. Macbeth showed regret from the murder of Duncan but now he kills his noble friend without remorse at the sudden possession of power.what makes Macbeth a tragic character and prevents him to becoming the monster his actions illustrate is that he has a conouos of the evil that he is doing and knowing that it is wrong. Though his choices are ultimately clouded from his greed and over ambitious nature and his inability to be patient.