In Macbeth, the witches end the first scene with a paradox, "Fair is foul, and foul is fair." Explain fully how this paradox is shown to be true in Act 1.

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"Fair is foul and foul is fair" means that what seems fair or good is really bad, and what seems bad is really good. Appearances are deceiving. Macbeth seems to be the epitome of the perfect thane (lord), a fearless general who has, without thought for his own safety, charged into battle against the invading Norwegian army. Duncan praises him by saying, essentially, that he can't praise him enough. Macbeth responds with the most modest words imaginable, essentially saying that he has only done his duty to his king. He is, at...

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