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
They have no mercy for anyone besides themselves. They both have problems and key features that cause readers to question who is more evil. It is evident that Macbeth is the character with the most cause of destruction, causing him to be more evil than his wife. Clearly, Macbeth has more evil choices and actions that lead to his own death. He does not have any remorse for anyone that he killed.
Speaking in terms of the play Macbeth, Duncan-the king of Scotland- rules justly and fairly, but he still has plenty of traitors within his group of trusted men. Macbeth only becomes Thane of Cawdor, because of a traitor, but he himself later becomes a traitor. In the beginning it was easy for Macbeth to fight for his king and to honor the name of the man who ruled his land, but once he finds out his future, his entire mindset changes. Macbeth fights and wins a battle in favor for Scotland and king Duncan. A few hours after the battle, the Weird Sisters tell Macbeth what his future looks like.
“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. He was a loyal nobleman to King Duncan, who was haunted by an overwhelming ambition of becoming the next king, which then led to his own downfall.
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! Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none.
We all desire power depending on how much is up to the person and how they use it. "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely". This statement is expressing the theme of Macbeth and what happen during the Holocaust. Macbeth and Hitler both received power at their own paste they did do damage with the power they contained and that failed them, but once they received total power the world fell right through their hands an corrupted due to their ego's Macbeth learned about his future power from three witches. These witches told him that he would be king of Scotland, but Scotland already had a king, King Duncan was king of Scotland the king had trusted Macbeth to help him and stay with him.
This action negatively impacts him due to the developed hatred the other characters gain towards Macbeth. His ambition has led to not just the death of Duncan and Banquo but also many others such as the Duncan’s chambermaid and Macduff’s family. This slaughter ruins Macbeth’s original image of a brave, valiant, worthy gentleman to the point that others begin to address him as tyrant. Young Siward, when Macbeth told him his name, stated that “The devil himself could not pronounce a title more hateful to mine ear.” (V. vii). This quote only further emphasizes the fact that Macbeth’s name has turned from one of bravery, as shown by the Sergent (I. ii), to one of disgrace and has been condemned.
Humans naturally are a little selfish and greedy. It is natural for people to do what is best for them. Macbeth is greedy, power hungry, determined, and ambitious. He was already Thane of Glamis, but once the witches told him that he would be king he became obsessed with power. Macbeth was motivated to make his decisions by jealousy, greed, and selfishness.
Once Macbeth is king, the audience is able to recognize through monologues and supernatural influences how Macbeth's ambitions and greed cause him to feel anxious about his position as king. As the play goes forward, Macbeth becomes more and more paranoid of someone taking the throne away from him. His greed to keep the throne as long as he lives causes him to believe some are against him and his leadership. In the witches prophecy, Banquo, a nobleman of Scotland, is told that his sons will eventually become king. Macbeth knowing that it is likely this prophecy will also come true sets his sights on making Banquo and his son Fleance his next victims.
How far can the lusting of power drive one innocent man? William Shakespeare composed a classic drama entitled “The Tragedy of Macbeth”, which took place in Scotland. Throughout the play, Macbeth attempted to gain power by becoming king. Although he succeeded, the process definitely led him down a path of destruction. Ambition highly influenced many of the characters: Macbeth was willing to do anything to get to the throne, Lady Macbeth was even more eager to become queen, and finally Macduff abandoned his family for Scotland.