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macbeth"fair is foul and foul is fair, hover through the fog and filthy air" what does...

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thelmaoras | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 20, 2012 at 4:13 PM via web

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"fair is foul and foul is fair, hover through the fog and filthy air"

what does this mean in the language we speak today?

for my 1st grader


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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 20, 2012 at 10:34 PM (Answer #2)

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For a first grader: "Good is bad. Bad is good. Let's fly through the dirty air."

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 28, 2012 at 9:50 AM (Answer #3)

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Sometimes things are not really what they look like. In fact, something that looks like it is good to eat may actually make you sick.  We must be careful to know what something really is before we eat it, or play with it, or even touch it.

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salimj | College Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted July 11, 2012 at 9:50 AM (Answer #4)

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It is a story of ambition. Those who entertain too much of ambition will get the same plight of Macbeth.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 29, 2012 at 3:42 AM (Answer #5)

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I will not even ask why you are explaining this to a first grader, since I had my 8th graders make picture books for little kids last year when we performed Macbeth.  They weren't allowed to see the play, because of the blood.  However, I would explain it as"What's good might be bad, and what's bad might be good, so lets float through the fog and gross air."

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