“Many indeed strove to reach up to the level of this colossus, but they were hardly able even to lick his knees.” That estimate of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach from a contemporary critic makes us smile. But in his eccentric way the critic was only expressing what everyone thought.
In Macbeth , “Fair is foul, and foul is fair” is a motif that runs throughout the play. At the most basic level, it means that appearances can be deceiving: that which seems “fair” and good is actually “foul” and evil. The best example of this motif is Macbeth himself. At the beginning of the play, King Duncan believes Macbeth to be a loyal servant but Macbeth eventually betrays Duncan’s trust and murders him to steal the throne.
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