This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Foul Is Fair Essay

861 words - 4 pages

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” ( ...

Find Another Essay On Foul Is Fair

Shakespeare's "Macbeth"- Foul is Fair, Fair is Foul

775 words - 3 pages One of the most important themes in Macbeth involves the witches’ statement in Act 1, Scene1 that “fair is foul and foul is fair.” (Act 1, Scene 1, Line 10) This phrase aptly describes the macabre status quo within the character Macbeth and without. Throughout the play the reversal of ordinary events and the equivocation of main characters line the plot with a mysterious and inexplicable emotion, which culminates in the brief yet

Shakespeare's Macbeth - Fair is foul and foul is fair<Tab/>

1433 words - 6 pages before are now conclusively being brought together into a final decisive statement. One of the most intriguing and all-encompassing themes present in act 1 of Shakespeare's Macbeth is the sharp contrast between good and bad, light and dark, and foul and fair, such as when the witches state "the battle's lost and won (I.I.4)." Furthermore, this themes ties in with the another intriguing theme, the fact that it is horrible to judge someone

Title: Fair is Foul, and Foul is Fair Macbeth: Who is the true villain in the play?

1330 words - 5 pages “Fair is Foul, and Foul is Fair”"I believe that there is only one story in the world...Humans are caught--in their lives, in their thoughts, in their hungers and ambitions, in their avarice and cruelty, and in their kindness and generosity too--in a net of good and evil...A man, after he has brushed off the dust and chips of his life, will have left only the hard, clean question: Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well--or ill

Elucidation Regarding the Stages Set by, “Fair is foul, and foul is fair” (I: i, 10), in William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth

1236 words - 5 pages Shakespeare utilizes many paradoxes in The Tragedy of Macbeth to provide entertainment for the audience. The people during the Renaissance loved paradoxes because of their unique structure. In the exposition, the paradoxes the witches present, “Fair is foul, and foul is fair” (I: i, 10), sets the stages of the tragedy because it holds various significant meaning. Literally, the quotation transcends to good is bad, and bad is good; however, it

Supernatural in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Beyond the Fair and Foul

1101 words - 4 pages More to Macbeth than Fair and Foul       The statement "Fair is foul, and foul is fair" does not thoroughly express the many themes of Shakespeare's Macbeth.  The first time this statement occurs is very early in the play, when the witches chant the exact line "Fair is foul, and foul is fair"(I.i.12) only for Macbeth to repeat it himself two scenes later.  This repetition of the lines shows that the characters themselves believe that there

The Social Network - Fair or Foul?

2244 words - 9 pages The social network, I expect most of everyone you know to be on one by now, even your parents, perhaps even your grandparents. What is the social network? What is it good for? And do the pros outweigh the cons? I’m not sure many of you know what you are getting yourself into when you sign up for an “online community”[8], I’m sure you think you know, I’m sure you think it is an easy way to communicate with your friends, keep up with your


1004 words - 4 pages Does the statement "Fair is foul, and foul is fair" thoroughly expresses the many themes of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’? The first time we hear the statement is very early in the play when the witches say the exact line "Fair is foul, and foul is fair" only for Macbeth himself to repeat it very closely two scenes later. This repetition of the lines shows me that the characters themselves believe that there are many foul

Don't Judge a Book By its Cover

856 words - 4 pages “Fair is foul, foul is fair” is one of the biggest themes in the play Macbeth, by Shakespeare. The quote is first spoken by the witches in the first scene of the play when they are discussing where and when they will encounter Macbeth, but is carried out throughout the whole play by unfolding events. By “fair is foul, foul is fair” the excerpt is talking about how thing and people might not be how they are perceived by one person. Someone who

The Use of Themes and Motifs in Macbeth

1011 words - 4 pages understanding of parts of the play. Lastly, the main theme of the play, “fair is foul and foul is fair” is seen constantly throughout the play. These themes and motifs all contribute to the effectiveness of Shakespeare’s writing. During the play, sleep is a reoccurring theme of the play. In the play, sleep is referred to as death’s counterfeit because of the similarity in appearance of when a person is sleeping and when they are dead

Within the Mind of Macbeth

1017 words - 4 pages contradiction can be found in the beginning of the play. The witches’ are brewing a potion in a cauldron when they begin to chant, “fair is foul, and foul is fair…”(act 1, scene 1, line 11). This eerie paradox is an implication to the biggest theme in the play; how nothing is really how it appears. This idea can be seen throughout the play, and is especially helpful while trying to understand the psychological standpoint of the main characters. For example

Romancing The Crown

571 words - 2 pages Romancing the Crown An essay on Macbeth's Lust for Power By Jacob Rivers In Act I, Scene 1 of William Shakespeare's Macbeth, the witches foreshadow their protégé's coming power struggle in their chant "Fair is foul, and foul is fair/Hover through the fog and filthy air." It is Macbeth himself who will hover when he hears their prophecy and he will fulfill it by twisting everything that is foul into an illusion of

Similar Essays

Fair Is Foul And Foul Is Fair

1000 words - 4 pages "FAIR IS FOUL AND FOUL IS FAIR" AS A THEME IN MACBETH The concept of "Fair is foul and foul is fair" is used throughout Macbeth in many forms. This theme of reversal is heavily reflected in both the characters and events of Macbeth and therefore is the central theme. The first notable example is when the witches introduce the broad application of this concept to us in the first scene. Duncan provides an example of this theme in inter-character

Fair Is Foul, And Foul Is Fair

725 words - 3 pages to get that part," Katie desperately replies."We don't want anything, but I hope you know your lines cause now you have the part. Fair is foul, and foul is fair hover through the fog and filthy air," they said as they disappeared.They looked at each other in a mixture of emotions: happiness, disbelief and fear. They lay back and fell asleep.It was the day before the big day and as Katie and Matthew walk into the large theatre they she everyone

Macbeth Fair Is Foul And Foul Is Fair

845 words - 3 pages "Fair is Foul, and foul is fair," these lines are the very backbone of Shakespeare's play. This oxymoron aptly describes the macabre status quo within the character Macbeth and without. In other words what seems from outside is not what is from within. The lines are chanted by the three witches at the start of act 1 scene 1. They seem to give a sense of foreboding to the audience of the dark event about to take place. The couplet sets forth the

Macbeth: Fair Is Foul And Foul Is Fair

1309 words - 5 pages Fair is Foul, and Foul is Fair Men have always accused ravishing women of being dangerous, and blame them for all the world's ills. After all, all women are descendants of Eve, the beautiful temptress who caused the fall of man. The Greeks also blame women for the same evil, only they call her Pandora. Even the Chinese are afraid of their women, so much so that they crippled their women for a thousand years. They broke their women's feet in half