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Paradox in Macbeth

Paradox Examples in Macbeth:

Act I - Scene I

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"Fair is foul..."   (Act I - Scene I)

This is an example of a paradox, something which seems impossible, yet is realistically plausible. The meaning behind this quote lies in the idea that things which seem good (fair) are bad (foul), and things which seem bad (foul) are actually good (fair). 

"Lesser than Macbeth, and greater...."   (Act I - Scene III)

This is an example of a paradox (something which seems impossible, yet is realistically plausible). Here, the witches state that Banquo is both lesser and greater than Macbeth. While this seems impossible, it is plausible. Banquo is lesser than Macbeth in title, yet he is a greater (better) man. 

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