Lord of the Flies & Macbeth Essay

875 Words May 19th, 2013 4 Pages
What is being said about power and how is it being said?
Power can change people in a way that is incomprehensible either for good or for evil. Power can make one so greedy that someone will do anything for it and won’t let anyone, or thing stand in their way. Macbeth by William Shakespeare portrays both the positive and negative uses on Power through the main characters. Macbeth’s greed of power allowed him to exercise abuse and ultimately he was corrupted and destroyed by power. Lady Macbeth used power in a positive way but her ultimate goal was domination of the Crown. Shakespeare uses dialogue and symbolism to allow his readers to engage with his mood and therefore the concepts of power.

In Macbeth, the main character, the
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Lady Macbeth’s attitude towards power is somewhat similar to Macbeth’s but more cunning. At the beginning of the play, when Lady Macbeth reads the letter from her husband telling her about the witches, it can be clearly be seen that she will be willing to risk anything to see Macbeth king. When Macbeth has his doubts, Lady Macbeth manipulates Macbeth when she call upon “...spirits/That tend on mortal thoughts...” to “Stop up th’ access and passage to remorse/That to compunctious visitings of nature/Shake my fell purpose...” .Lady Macbeth’s sole purpose for murder seems to prove that she has been successful in her ambitions of power. Her involvement in the Kings murder portrays her lack of morals and feminimity as is the catalyst that later drives her insane, “Out, out damn spot”. Lady Macbeth’s state of mind is revealed through her monologues allowing the readers to understand the horror of her ultimate insanity. This represents how both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth abuse power so that it ultimately corrupts and destroys.

Through these characters , it can be seen that power corrupts. Power is something that if placed in the wrong hands, can destroy. The greed for power can make people do outrageous things, and once wrongly used and abused it can disrupt the sort order that power is supposed to hold within the society. Power changes people and it is mostly for the worst, but that this isn’t true

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