Corruption Of Power In Macbeth

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They say that knowledge is power, but power itself can drastically change a person. Power hunger leads to corruption, which eventually leads to an internal conflict of morals. The play titled Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare is a story of a noble man who is manipulated by his power hungry wife into murdering the King of Scotland and anyone who got in his path to power. The effect of power changes Macbeth in many ways through the oversaturation of power and the manipulation of his wife Lady Macbeth. This results in the corruption of Macbeth, causing him to perform heinous acts in order to secure his position of power as King. This is done through his belief of the witches’ prophecies, his manipulative wife and his own naivety.

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Macbeth started talking to Lady Macbeth about planning on killing Duncan and she explains that she will take charge, “Your face, my thane, is as a book where men May read strange matters. To beguile the time, look like the time. Bear welcome in your eye” (I.v.73-75). This shows that Macbeth is becoming more evil because of the power that he now has and can use to his advantage. It starts to change Macbeth by him performing evil actions that he would not normally perform because of his nobleness and bravery. Macbeth uses his power to kill Duncan and that is filling his mind with evil thoughts and actions. “Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell That summons thee to heaven or to hell.” (II.i.76-77). This shows that power or wanting power changes Macbeth to become more despicable and led him to actually going out to commit the murderous crime. Power has started to change Macbeth by making him seem even more ruthless than before.

Abusing power changes Macbeth to use his power for selfish reasons and personal gain. Macbeth decides to kill Macduff’s family because an apparition told him to beware Macduff but not his family, “The castle of Macduff I will surprise, Seize upon Fife, give to th’ edge o’ th’ sword His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls” (IV,I,171-173). This shows that Macbeth has gone from good to evil by committing heinous crimes by murdering people, which he did not need to do. Macbeth’s power corrupts him to the point of where it leads him to kill innocent people such as the family of Macduff, Banquo and

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