Thirst For Power In Macbeth

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Power presents itself in “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” by William Shakespeare, through Macbeth being pushed by power to do horrific actions; to illuminate that the thirst for power pulls people away from who they truly are. Power presents itself in the character, Macbeth; it shows that the thirst for power drives him mad. Power shifts ones characteristics from being a loyal and brave to a person who is bloodthirsty and reckless and will harm anyone and anything that steps in the path to becoming king.
Foreshadowing is used a ton throughout “ The Tragedy of Macbeth” in the play Macbeth’s foreshadowed that he is soon to be king and hold such great power and is rifle ruler. Macbeth visits three horrifying witches that tell his prophecies that will behold him in the future. In the play, the third witch states, “Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none. So all hail Macbeth and Banquo” (65-68) (pg. 355). The witches are saying that Banquo will not be king but Macbeth will be king thus giving Macbeth
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Then next chain of events he sends thugs to kill his best friend Banquo and He also ends up to kill Macduff’s whole family his kids and family. Just so, that he does not end up ruining Macbeth’s chances of being king. You start to see that Macbeth is starting to let power get to his head, it shifts his character drastically, and now you see him as ruthless and bloodthirsty. The play states that,” The castle of Macduff I will surprise, Seize upon Fife, give to the edge of the sword. His wife, His Babes, and all unfortunate souls” (150-152) (406). This quote shows the recklessness of Macbeth and the ruthless and carelessness of the innocent people that he will do whatever he has to do to remain in power. In addition, the fact that he told kill the unfortunate what he means by that is kill anyone else that is there like the servants has two of them killed just because that is what his orders

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