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Foul Is Fair Essay

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The world we live in today is full of illusions and misconceptions. Ethics and morality is losing its stand. We can observe, how the world is bending more towards being materialistic and avoiding the essence of living a true authentic life. This essay will discuss about a statement ‘foul is fair, and fair is foul’ in the book “Small is Beautiful” by E.F. Schumacher. It will analyze the questions like how far this is the truth of the present world and how far is it ethically correct.
It is a world where nothing is what it seems. A simple illustration of this point being applicable to humans can be the example of a Pizza. Pizza comes in a square box but is round in shape and cuts in ...view middle of the document...

Since the priorities of both the groups are different, it makes them to reach for different conclusions.
The next example will make the point more clear, during war, the winning group thinks it to be very fair and the losing group thinks opposite. In this case, both the groups are correct on their respective positions and thus the dilemma takes birth.
Foul is thought to be useful, and fair is believed to have no profit, which gives a strong cause for humans to consider foul is fair and fair is foul. In addition, foul is found to be easy than doing what is fair, so sometimes even though it is not useful it is done because it is easy. One example for the claim that people consider foul is fair, the big corporations and governments wanting cheaper and cheaper labor, more resources, and high profits.
‘Macbeth’ is considered as the darkest of Shakespeare’s four tragedies. One of the important themes in ‘Macbeth’ is, what is foul and what appears to be fair are not what they seem. ‘Foul is fair and fair is foul’ was a dialogue of one of the three wicked witches in this play. In an review article by Viceroid, he aptly observes that, “Shakespeare effectively demonstrates how Macbeth’s , and, in effect, anyone’s inability to recognize the difference between what seems foul or fair and what really is can eventually lead to self-destruction” ( ...

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