The Importance Of Power In Macbeth

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Composers throughput history have written stories and plays with exploring the different aspects of power. In this particular context, power is defined as: the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behaviour of others or the course of events. In the year 1606, a now globally famous playwright, William Shakespeare, composed the play titled Macbeth. It is believed to be a response to the Gun Powder Plot which was a failed assassination of King James I. Shakespeare explores the repercussions of too much ambition for an abundance of power through the demise of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. The tragedy dramatises the psychological and physical affects of such pursuit for power. The play entails the main character, Macbeth, and his ruthless quest for power which was not only morally and ethically unjust but an example of power controlling ones mind. The play highlights his and Lady Macbeths intentions and motives, imprisoning their humanity, control their actions and cause impulsivity and greatly devastating endeavours to be carried out, greatly upsetting the natural order in turn disrupting the natural path the future would take.The play acts as a warning to all, with the aim of revealing how such a fatal flaw can ruin ones whole existence.

Shakespeare illustrates the psychological damage that occurs in this play is evident, and is represented in a multitude of different ways through a variety of interactions between characters. An example of such an occurrence is how Lady
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