Quest Of Power In Macbeth

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Macbeth is full of drama, lies, and blood. One of the recurring themes in the play is the quest for power. Power shows throughout the play, mainly in the character MacBeth. The quest for power is accompanied with lies and deception. On Macbeth's quest for power, he will do anything to reach his goal. He begins to lie to those all around them. Although there are a handful of themes present in Macbeth, power is the most important theme displayed, and is strongly supported by the motif of equivocation and lying. As the play begins, we are introduced to the war heros, Banquo and Macbeth. Macbeth became a favorite to Duncan and wanted to please him. After his encounter with the witches, though his thoughts began to change. After hearing “All hail, Macbeth,/ thou shalt be king hereafter!,” (1.3.50) from the witches, he is ready for his prophecies to become true. When Duncan announces that Macbeth is now the Thane of Cawdor, Banquo attempts to warn him to not over analyze the witches’ prophecy. He tries to tell them that they are trying to trick him by only telling him little parts of the truth. He says to Macbeth, “ But 'tis strange:/And oftentimes, to win us to our harm,/The instruments of darkness tell us truths,/Win us with honest trifles, to betray's/In…show more content…
The masterful imagery presented in Macbeth comes in the form of light and darkness. Shakespeare the physical embodiment of darkness and evil in the play. The darkness that resonates in him is shown in the nature of the world around him as well. ince of Cumberland” ( 1.4.38-39), Macbeth realizes that if he wishes to become king and gain power, he must take actions into his own hands. He writes to Lady Macbeth, and she is quick to persuade him that killing Duncan will be beneficial for the both of them. She degrades him and refers to him as “When you durst do it, then you were a man;/And, to be more than what you
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