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.
“It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.” - Aung San Suu Kyi Power corrupts. After individuals come into a position of power, control becomes second nature to them. They find it excruciatingly strenuous to relinquish the authority they have.
It is human nature to want power, to be at the top of the pyramid, to be king/queen, but that comes at a price as shown in Macbeth. In the play, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth will do anything to have absolute power and nothing stands in their way. From killing to going completely mad, they will become the next king and queen at all costs. The ambition and the want for power is so high that they kill many, they do whatever they can to be one step closer, and they go completely insane, all because they want that absolute power.
Absolute Power corrupts Absolutely As In a close reading from, Macbeth, William Shakespeare reveals to the reader, the staggering character development of the Thane of Cawdor and Glamis, and soon to be future King Macbeth. The author illustrates Macbeth as a man known to everyone as “Valour’s Minion” , and an honorable person to becoming a sadistic and cold-blooded king. As we progress in the story we see that Macbeth first taste with Murder starts with him doubting himself , and his ability in killing an innocent soul. As Macbeth’s persona begins to change, the murdering of Banquo becomes so effortless and easy, than that of King Duncan’s was , because Macbeth saw the “light” in Banquo and realized how far Banquo could threaten his kingship.
Everyone wants power. Even the most humble among us can be caught cutting in the line at Starbucks, cheating on a test, or using a tiny white lie on a resume to set ourselves apart. We all want to stand out and feel superior to the average Joe. Shakespeare’s Macbeth shows how fast a person can change as a result of the desire for power.
Typically, ambition is seen as a positive attribute. However in the play of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, it is seen as a character flaw that will be a central character's downfall, as is the case with Macbeth. His self proclaimed “vaulting ambition” corrupted his once intact morals and was his undoing. Macbeth is an example of a Shakespearean tragedy, where the protagonist starts at the top and, due to hubris, loses everything. The prophecy, “All hail Macbeth!
In the play, Macbeth, written by Shakespeare, the main character called Macbeth was influenced by his wife, Lady Macbeth. Shakespeare uses this influence to show us the ambition can lead people to do anything if they have no self control, which was revealed through the use of soliloquy, dialogue and motif, which are all in conjunction with imagery, such as metaphor and symbolism. Throughout the play, Macbeth was influenced by his wife, Lady Macbeth. This was first shown through the use of soliloquy.
In today’s world power can be very corruptible in so many ways, shapes, and forms. The expression power corrupts is one of many themes in the story of Macbeth. Maybe power isn’t corruptible, maybe it’s the person that uses their power to control others in a way that only creates a good impact for themselves. This also makes them corruptible without noticing, and it makes them a bit heartless. The theme that power corrupts expresses its way through Macbeth is when: Macbeth’s wife plans all of the killings in order to possess power, and also when Macbeth becomes a complete murderer in order to maintain his power and titles.
Today, the issue of the corruptive nature of power is an important one, as seen in our current presidential election. This issue is also present in the book Macbeth by William Shakespeare. We chose to do a children's picture book in order to illustrate the theme of the destruction nature of power, using specific characters and parts of scenes. With focus on the main character, Macbeth, and minor characters such as Lady Macbeth, Banquo, and Duncan, it allows us to devote most of the book to the characters that affected and were affected by power the most. We actually included every scene within the play in a condensed format so that we could keep all of the negative aspects of power while still keeping it accessible to children.