Macbeth Corruption Essay

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One of the most apparent themes in The Tragedy of Macbeth is the corrupting force of power over characters, specifically Macbeth himself. Macbeth’s corruption in his pursuit of power affects almost every character, but is caused by few. Some of the biggest factors in Macbeth’s corruption are the Three Witches’ prophecy, Lady Macbeth’s ambition, and Duncan’s death. These characters ultimately cause every event by Macbeth’s hands to happen, even without them knowing.
The Three Witches' prophecy caused Macbeth’s initial corruption, planting the thought of murder into Macbeth’s heart. They told Macbeth that he would be Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, and King of Scotland (I.iii.49-50). This immediately gave Macbeth ambition to get what he wants,

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