Power And Corruption In Macbeth

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William Shakespeare, playwright of Macbeth, shows the importance that power and corruption can hold on a person’s humanity. In order to prove the true effect of personal gains, he uses the main character, Macbeth, to show how evil people are willing to become. Personal power has the ability to be essential to greatness, but at the same time is able to destroy a person’s true nature. Believe it or not, Macbeth once was a man of honor. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth was loyal to King Duncan, a strong military leader, and a respected husband. Throughout the tragedy, Macbeth 's character takes a big, yet gradual change for the worst as ambition starts to completely take over him. Once the three witches give Macbeth his prophecies he transitions from a brave, loyal man to a cold blooded murderer. His power hungry personality leads to a character change from who he was before he knew about the witches prophecies, after he learned of them, and right before he was murdered. In Macbeth, Shakespeare dramatises the damaging physical and mental effects of ambition on those who seek power for their own sake. In the start of Macbeth, Shakespeare portrays the character Macbeth as a well respected brave warrior. Macbeth is a general who fought victoriously in battle for Scotland and his king. Macbeth’s brave and impeccable deeds don’t go unnoticed by King Duncan, who verbally praise him and grant him the new title “Thane of Cawdor.” Unhae Langis, author of Shakespeare and Prudential

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