“Fair is foul and foul is fair…” (Act 1. Scene 1)

  • Chiasmus
  • high modality
  • alliteration
  • rhythm
    The use of the oxymoron creates a sense of ambiguity, which positions the responder to question –  how can “fair” can be “foul”? This makes the audience wonder… what unsettling events are about to unfold?
    The pleasant (or “fair”) sound of the alliterative “f” combines with the smooth rhythm of the line – which is a stark contrast to the ambiguous meaning of the words.

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