People have many different reactions when given power. The reaction is usually either one where they use power for a greater good and to guide others in a better situation, or they can misuse the power given and take advantage of the circumstances or others to make themselves feel even more dominant and in command. In the play, Antigone by Sophocles one of the main characters , King Creon, abuses his power to take superiority of others and in an attempt to gain control. The misuse of power is more frequent than the use of power for the favorable, even in many current events.
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.
Throughout history, the idea of having the most power has been the ultimate goal. Power can benefit those who have it and those around it if it doesn't get out of hand. But, power becomes too much when it becomes destructive. Adolf Hitler is one of the best examples of power getting out of control. Hitler worked his way up in German politics and became Chancellor/dictator of Germany from 1933 to 1945.
Power has been the single most fought over thing since the beginning of time. The ability to control, own and do as you please are things that even the most simpleminded human desires. We were born with greed and envy pre-installed into the moment we popped out of the womb. As children we always wanted our parent’s full attention even if we had siblings. We wanted them to be “my parents” instead of our parents.
Power can have the persuasive action in undoing the moral ethics of one’s character. This can be seen throughout history, such as World War II and proven by the actions of Napoleon in the allegory, Animal Farm, by George Orwell. As Lord Acton said “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” In history what was viewed as a villain, is never the same as the perception. A leader does not begin wanting to do wrong, they start with the best intentions, but power is a tricky thing.
History has shown an immense amount of people’s lust for power throughout the years. Lust for power has destroyed empires and even countries. Rulers want to take control over everything because they want to leave a great legacy and live a luxurious life. Maybe having all this power doesn’t destroy cities but the mindset of the ruler does. Lust of power can be shown in Greece when they yearned to make a democracy for people because they felt certain people should have the power.
Everyone, at one point in their lives has wanted power more than anything. Those who do get it have to make the decision whether they want to use it for good or evil. Power can turn a person into something they never dreamed they would become because it starts to take over their lives and people do not know what to do with so much power. There are many examples of power in the play Macbeth and every person that got it used it in very different ways. This caused many changes in people from turning from good to evil or evil to good.
The Power of Change Sometimes the best lessons can be learned not through role models, but rather from people that made past mistakes or unwise decisions. From the play, we can learn many lessons from the king Creon. He makes many mistakes and harms many people through his actions, it’s not until Creon loses everything he loves that he realizes his mistakes and learns from them. In Sophocles 's tragic play Antigone, through Creon’s character we learn that in order to be a successful leader and or person one must not be only strict but also needs to be accommodating to our citizen’s/people’s demands.
When power is given to a person, it can change them negatively by creating an selfish and ungrateful ego. Many people who obtain authority and dominance become pompous and their superiority begins to feed their self-esteem. The lesson of power changing people is proven throughout history and is displayed in many novels and movies where the majority of citizens see power as money, and money as success. Having the mindset that being powerful leads to success causes them to under appreciate their lives and not see the goals they’ve accomplished as successes.
If you are reading your history book, a play, or even watching the news today, you will see how people abuse the power that they have over somethings. There have been many leaders and people who abuse their power over civilization and places. Even the littlest taste of power often leads them to corruption. Many times, citizens and adversaries riot over some of the things that they disagree on and, in some cases, murder comes in to play.
As humans, the desire to want control or influence is natural. However, some people may go to greater extremes than others to obtain this power. For instance, in the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Macbeth was characterized as a good man, well renowned for winning a battle. His wife, on the contrary, Lady Macbeth, has a strong urge to obtain power and she is willing to do anything to acquire it. She implemented the thought of destroying everyone who stood in the way along the path to reach royalty in Macbeth’s mind by making him feel like he as though he is less of a man if he decided not to.
The Power of Power “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”(Lord Acton). Does, as Lord Acton says, power lead to corruption? Can someone’s sense of morality lessen as their power increases? A case can be made that yes, it does indeed corrupt.