Thousands of leaders have come and gone, yet not all were true to their people and often chose a corrupted path full of absolute power and tyranny. Although determination and willpower helps people obtain a position of leadership, this same drive can lead to arrogance and an abuse of power. Hundreds of pieces of literature highlight this frequently seen concept of leaders and William Shakespeare was no different when he wrote the play Macbeth. Shakespeare wrote many tragedies to reflect humanity’s turmoils and shining moments and the tragic hero of the play, Macbeth, best displays such truths as the reader is led through his immoral path to overthrow King Duncan and assume the throne. The corruption of power is not that uncommon and Macbeth
Macbeth’s Moral Deterioration Throughout the years where ruling and power took place everyone has always wanted to feel powerful and wouldn't stop at any lengths to have it even if it means hurting others along the way and choosing the wrong path . For others not so much, but some will choose anything to have power for instance in the tragedy of Macbeth. This is a story of an unsuccessful ruler who became king by murdering and manipulation. He chose to kill and lie in order to have power. His immoral decisions eventually lead him into extreme feelings of guilt and remorse later on in the tragedy.
“Greed is so destructive. It destroys everything.” Eartha Kitt. Macbeth was a true Shakespearean tragic hero. He had many noble qualities as well as several tragic flaws.
In this play, Shakespeare tells the story of a hateful king. The play shows the readers the story of vicious man who wants power. The Tragedy of Macbeth is still relevant today because to this day people still try to claim great power, do all the wrong things to get what they want, and people have great guilt for their actions that are foul. The first reason Macbeth is still relevant today is that people try to claim massive power over things that they do not need to be involved in. For example, “All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter!
Ambition is a powerful force and is a common motif. While ambition does positively benefit the wielder by giving them the necessary will and motivation to pursue after their goals and dreams, it can also harm those around the person. In doing so, the person themselves is also harmed. In Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, it is clearly shown how ambition’s negative impact on others plays into the harm it beings on the wielder.
Macbeth and MacArthur inner confliction The inner battle between light and dark can tear you up from the inside out. such as it did to Macbeth and Douglas MacArthur. Macbeth from The Tragedy of Macbeth was a soldier who excelled at battle and managed to eventually become king through evil deeds.
All humans express these qualities to some degree, but Macbeth let them completely control him. Once Macbeth became king he was paranoid because he did not want to lose all the power he had just gained. Macbeth's feelings caused him to make bad decisions that ended up harming him in the
The poor, the rich, and everything in between. Power plays a big role in Macbeth as Macbeth himself strives to become king, with Lady Macbeth pushing him along, and the Wyrd Sisters lining his future in front of him. Macbeth, the worst combination of greed and power, at first lacks motivation, but soon strives for his own advancements with little regard of the well beings of those around him. ” Thou art too like the spirit of Banquo.
Many believe that revenge is a toxic emotion to carry around with us. However, vengeance is one of the strongest emotions we encounter as humans. At times even stronger than love itself. Victor Frankenstein’s ambition to be better than God himself led him to create the creature. In return the creature was rejected by the person who is supposed to love and protect him.
Macbeth’s Greatest Downfall It is a very common misconception in today’s society that ambition in it’s entirety is only ever a positive thing. From a young age we are taught that we are to aspire for greatness in everything we do, as it is only then that we will succeed. However, what often times goes unseen is how ambition can turn from a simple drive to succeed into a vengeful desire fuelled hunger towards gaining further power. Macbeth’s greatest downfall within Shakespeare's famous play is not a tragic flaw, and he himself is not a tragic hero. It’s not an influence from a greater power either, but rather it is his vaulting ambition and greed that cause him to fail at the end of the play.
In Act 3 Macbeth fears that being king won’t last if Banquo's descendant is destined for the throne. In the beginning of Act Three, Macbeth has become king, he feels being king is worthless if his position is as king is safe. (Act 3, Scene 1, Lines (52-76) Macbeth thinks he can cheat fate by killing Banquo thereby preventing him from producing heirs to the throne. (Act 3, Scene 1, Lines 75-76).Furthermore, this leads to Macbeth hiring murders to kill Banquo and Fleance before/away from the banquet so he can remain blameless. (Act 3 Scene 147-148)
Significance of passage 2.2.13-94 In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, passage 2.2.13-94 is significant because of the use of metaphors, character, and the theme topic guilt. Specifically, the passage is significant because of the metaphors that create images of sleep as a positive necessity(Jabbur). Also, this passage is significant since it highlights the change of Macbeth from a “brave” general to a cowardly killer(Naveenan). Finally, this passage is significant because it [reveals] unearned successes and ill-gotten achievements will be ruined by guilt(L’Heureux).
In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, when Banquo and Macbeth first encounter the witches, both men are intrigued, however, Macbeth is rather demanding, while Banquo is skeptical, foreshadowing that Macbeth will take the prophecy more seriously than Banquo. To begin with, when the witches tell Macbeth the prophecy about himself, he forcefully instructs the witches to further explain the prophecy. In particular, after the witches state the prophecy about Macbeth becoming the king, as they start to disappear , Macbeth insists for the witches to, “Stay you imperfect speakers.
Absolute Power corrupts Absolutely As In a close reading from, Macbeth, William Shakespeare reveals to the reader, the staggering character development of the Thane of Cawdor and Glamis, and soon to be future King Macbeth. The author illustrates Macbeth as a man known to everyone as “Valour’s Minion” , and an honorable person to becoming a sadistic and cold-blooded king. As we progress in the story we see that Macbeth first taste with Murder starts with him doubting himself , and his ability in killing an innocent soul. As Macbeth’s persona begins to change, the murdering of Banquo becomes so effortless and easy, than that of King Duncan’s was , because Macbeth saw the “light” in Banquo and realized how far Banquo could threaten his kingship.