The Prince Macbeth Analysis

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Ambition creates a reason to move forward with your plans. Although human aspiration is eternal, its rewards are short-lived. This is shown in, The Prince, a novel by Niccolo Machiavelli, Macbeth, a play by Shakespeare and Why Read Shakespeare, an argument by Michael Mack through the use of diction, personification, and metaphors respectfully. These works show that people in power are expected to keep the population in order, through force and strength, this causes them to be feared, and look evil in terms of leadership. Which leads to their inevitable end of power despite their original aim. To begin, all of humanity is evil and the only way leaders can keep them at bay is by using power and strength to enforce laws. In chapter 18 of The…show more content…
Furthermore, leaders need to commit violent crimes and be feared in order to rule. In the play, Macbeth by Shakespeare, Macbeth tries to kill, everyone who gets in his way to bestow fear upon those who attempt to go against him. He does this not only to the king and his guard’s but later he also does it to others as well. “Who can be wise, amazed, temp’rate, and furious,/ Loyal, and neutral, in a moment? No man./ Th’ expedition of my violent love/ Outrun the pauser, reason” (2.3.102-105). For Machiavelli a good leader must have a good balance between being loved and hated while also having laws sent in place by force. A good leader cannot be afraid to be violent and must be able to protect his people. Macbeth is hated and feared, he knows how to use force and was a great warrior who protected his country. He even killed the king and his guards to become a true leader and rule in the highest way. He stayed in power for as long as he did by killing off any potential threats such as the guards who could have told other people that they were drunk and were in no way or shape able to kill the king. By killing them Macbeth shows he is not afraid of violence or force to keep his spot as king. The same goes for the deaths caused by Macbeth later on in the play. Although Macbeth went through this, he was still killed off in the end .Even with his ambition he could not survive. This just goes to show that no matter how much you want something and you try to achieve it, even if you…show more content…
Moreover, there is no preventing good from turning bad in a position of leadership. In Why Read Shakespeare, an argument by Michael Mack, show readers learn that even the noblest man could turn bad if driven by a darklarge enough force. Mack explains that the play Macbeth is not scary because Macbeth looks like a dictator but rather because we all see a bit of ourselves in him and his ambition (206). By explaining the similarities between Macbeth and the audience, Mack opens up the idea that any one of us could have been Macbeth and we could have been lead to do what he did. It also shows his humanity, rather than give him an unrelatable character. Macks explanation also shows that as much as the readers hated Macbeth they all understood where he was coming from to some extent. Therefore he was not hated but rather feared. Making him a perfect leader in Machiavelli’s eyes. We realize that even with all our courage and desire to do something if we achieve it, it will not stay for long. Mack uses a metaphor to further develops this idea by comparing Macbeth, a fictional character, to us. A metaphor is the comparing of two things without using, like, than, or as. By comparing Macbeth to the us Mack tries to establish a connection between the people in the audience and Shakespeare. He seems to be trying to tie all of humanity 's’ ambition to Macbeth’s character since all he ever did was driven by hisdue to ambition. This was his way of humanizing Macbeth and helping people

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