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Essay On The Power Of Control In Macbeth

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Macbeth by William Shakespeare profiles the damaging psychological and physical effects of evil ambition. In this notable story the main character is prophesied to become king. In order to ensure this, he and his wife plot to murder the king. This is the first of many evil deeds which cause a change and ultimately the demise of Macbeth. Power, manipulation, and the shift of control are vast concepts employed in Macbeth; the want for power leads some characters to use manipulation resulting in a constant and indecisive shifts in control.
The main characters Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and the Witches have have a constant shift in control. Macbeth depends on the Witches and his wife, his initial self doubt is a tragic flaw. Although Macbeth receives
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The witches also known as the weird sisters prophesize that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor, which comes true, but is also apparent based on Macbeth's job and performance in battle. They also prophecize him to become king which Macbeth makes happen through various dastardly deeds. Making these “weird sisters” actual supernatural power a discrepancy; a more likely reality is they are scorned women who use things they hear or fabricate to manipulate the lives of others. The name weird sister suggest they are not welcome, liked, or trusted. They most likely use their knowledge of people weakness and ambitions in order to gain some control. Also using positive things to manipulate people for example Macbeth's title as Thane of Cawdor, which was an obvious prediction but by grouping it together what what they knew he really wanted, to be king, they received the reaction they wanted from Macbeth. The weird sister are most likely not fully supernatural, but dependent on manipulation for true power. The Witches use their mysterious reputation to assert their position in society. They gain control by telling people what they want to hear and build their prophecies on reasoning and thinking ahead. The struggle for power and control come full circle in the end of the play being something that initiated the events of the play. The portrayal of power and the way Macbeth chose to get it warn the readers
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