Macbeth Glossary |
So foul and fair a day I have not seen (1.3.40)
i.e., I have never seen so foul and fair a day.
1. The day is foul due to the witches raising a storm, and fair because of Macbeth's victories on the battlefield.
2. Unbeknownst to Macbeth, his very first words in the play eerily echo the words of the witches, "Fair is foul, and foul is fair" (1.1.11), and thus the audience sees immediately the calamitous inseparability of Macbeth and the forces of darkness.
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Macbeth: The Annotated Play
Macbeth Character Introduction
Soliloquy Analysis: If it were done when 'tis done (1.7.1-29)
Soliloquy Analysis: Is this a dagger (2.1.33-61)
Soliloquy Analysis: To be thus is nothing (3.1.47-71)
Soliloquy Analysis: She should have died hereafter (5.5.17-28)
Explanatory Notes for Lady Macbeth's Soliloquy (1.5)
Explanatory Notes for the Witches' Chants (4.1)
Macbeth Plot Summary (Acts 1 and 2)
Macbeth Plot Summary (Acts 3, 4 and 5)
The Curse of Macbeth
Shakespeare's Sources for Macbeth
Macbeth Q & A
Macbeth Study Quiz (with detailed answers)
Quotations from Macbeth (Full)
Top 10 Quotations from Macbeth
Metaphors in Macbeth (Biblical)
Shakespeare's Writing Style
Shakespeare's Metaphors and Similes
Shakespeare's Reputation in Elizabethan England
Shakespeare's Impact on Other Writers
Why Study Shakespeare?
Quotations About William Shakespeare
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Mabillard, Amanda. Macbeth Glossary. Shakespeare Online. 20 Aug. 2000. (date when you accessed the information) < http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays