Macbeth's Journey To Power In Macbeth

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Macbeth is a piece of literature written in the 1600s by the bard himself, William Shakespeare. Macbeth, named after it’s main character, follows him through his journey to power; how he obtains it and what he does with it. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth and his good friend, Banquo, encounter three witches who show them great prophecies of what is to come. To Macbeth, they indicate he will become Thane of Cawdor and eventually king. Banquo hears he will be lesser than Macbeth, but greater, that his line should be happier than him; “That thou shalt get kings though thou be none/ So all hail, Macbeth and Banquo! (I. iii. 69-70).” They leave after they encounter the witches to meet with the king. A few moments later Macbeth discovers that he has become the Thane of Cawdor. Thereby planting ideas in Macbeth’s head of what he can do to ensure his reign. When you receive too much power, it can lead to troubles down the road. After Macbeth finds out he is given the title of Thane of Cawdor, he begins to set a plan in motion. He sends a letter to Lady Macbeth, on his way home, stating what has happened and how he is in line for the throne. Lady…show more content…
For Macbeth, power is something that he craved and continued lusting after it. The more he had, the bigger his head became, the more power he desired, and eventually his reign came with a cost. He lost everything he valued, including his power, and everyone he loved because he only thought about himself. Power is something that is greater than us, while it can be used wisely and successfully if honed and guided in the proper manner. There needs to remain a humility, desire to serve those you have a power over, and a reverence to the One who gave you the power. Absent those traits, we ,much like Macbeth, are unable to see how evil power and the hunger for it can be until it is too
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