Power And Motivation In Shakespeare's Macbeth

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Power and motivation can push people to do amazing things, good or bad. In Macbeth’s case, his power gave him potential to do good; Instead, his greed for recognition led him to commit horrifying acts of murder. Macbeth was just a normal person of royalty until the idea of becoming king and gaining power lead him to the point of no return. Literally. Macbeth had many things to motivate him to do his killing from the prophecies, to his wife; However, the realization of becoming king as a whole pushed him to his worst. His motivation started when Lady Macbeth reminds him how becoming king will be good for the both of them. She manipulates Macbeth when she tells him, “Art not without ambition, but without The illness should attend it” (1.5.6-7).

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