Why Do People Have Power In Macbeth

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Throughout history many leaders have had large amounts of power that eventually led to their fall because of poor decisions that were influenced by others. In Macbeth by William Shakespeare, the main character, Macbeth is a nobleman to King Duncan. During this play Macbeth has a chance to take the place of King Duncan. When Macbeth’s wife Lady Macbeth finds out she soon gets involved in immoral ways. Shakespeare is trying to show that people that have a chance at power can be manipulated into doing wrong things by those around them causing their downfall.
In the beginning of Macbeth, Macbeth was one of the most respected people in Scotland. This respect is shown when the witches show up and say, “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of …show more content…

There are only a few ways that this can happen. Lady Macbeth wants to pursue the means of the death of King Duncan. Macbeth has already shown his respect to King Duncan earlier in the play so that makes it harder for him commit the murder. Lady Macbeth starts to intervene in the situation and proclaims to Macbeth, “what cannot you and I perform upon the unguarded Duncan? What not upon his spongy officers, who shall bear the guilt of our great quell?” (1.7.69-72). During this time Lady Macbeth is saying that they can easily conduct the murder of King Duncan. The way she puts it is, they will not be blamed since the guards will be the ones that look guilty in the eyes of everyone else. Macbeth takes these words and turns the death into reality. It is nearing the morning after the murder that Lady Macbeth does not know happened. She expresses her doubt when she says, “Alack, I am afraid they have awaked, and ‘tis not done” (2.2.10-11). Macbeth has to reassure her that he took her suggestion to kill King Duncan while planting the guilt on the guards. Macbeth’s actions have shown that once Lady Macbeth became involved, he has been manipulated into doing what she has told him to

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