The Struggle For Power Is Insane In William Shakespeare's Macbeth

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Walter White, in the TV show Breaking Bad, is driven crazy with his power. Walter White goes insane with a need for power, that in the end gets him killed. Just like in Breaking Bad, Macbeth is driven crazy with a need for power and ends up dying. A theme in Macbeth is that power makes people go crazy.
Macbeth is so corrupted by power that it drives his mind crazy as he begins to see things that are not real. The first time that Macbeth experiences these hallucinations is before he kills King Duncan. “Is this a dagger which I see before me / The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch / thee” (Macbeth 2.1.44-46). Macbeth is seeing a dagger that is not really there, the stress of whether or not to kill Duncan is driving Macbeth insane. He …show more content…

Lady Macbeth, his wife, also feels the effects of power driving her crazy. In the beginning of act five, Lady Macbeth begins to show that this need for power is having a very crazy effect on her, as she yells and washes her hands with bleach. “Out, damned spot, out, I say!” (Macbeth 5.1.37). Lady Macbeth needed so much power that she took part in the murder of King Duncan, but it ends up just making her go crazy and see things that are not really there. This same original need for power drives Lady Macbeth crazy enough to kill herself. “Who, as ‘tis thought, by self and violent hands, / took off her life” (Macbeth 5.8.83-84). Lady Macbeth ended up taking her own life, losing everything that she worked so hard to get, all because she needed more power. Power corrupted Lady Macbeth and ruined her life to the point of no return.
In Macbeth by Shakespeare, people are driven crazy by power. Power makes Macbeth go crazy when he kills King Duncan and Banquo and also when he sees things that aren 't really there such as the dagger and Banquo’s ghost. Lady Macbeth is also driven crazy by power when she goes insane and kills herself. Just like in Breaking Bad, having an abundance of power is not always the best thing for

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