Macbeth, By William Shakespeare Essay

1117 Words May 2nd, 2016 5 Pages
Every child has grown up with dreams of being the president of the United States or a princess or a doctor which is encouraged by our parents. Even from a young age we are attracted to positions of power, but at what cost? Shakespeare demonstrates how one can not maintain upward mobility in the social hierarchy while keeping moral values through irony, metaphor, and dichotomy to warn society of the possible outcome when individuals thirst for unnatural power. In the play of Macbeth, the newly appointed thane of Cawdor, Macbeth, lusts after the crown after receiving an omen from the three supernatural Weird sisters and criticism from his wife about his masculinity. In hope of quickly achieving his goals, Macbeth kills the current king, Duncan, which causes both Macbeth and his wife to dig a deeper and deeper hole for themselves in attempt to cover up their original crime, leading to their ultimate downfall. In attempt to gain power, people will lose their humanity as a side effect. But, if the individual tries to continue to have “soft” emotions such as compassion while retaining a stronghold over the empire, it will bring them the opposite effects of what was originally wanted, and the prince will end up with neither. Macbeth is the epitome of facing internal conflict when it comes to ruling as his “greatest sin would probably be not his inability to dissimulate but this initial reluctance to commit totally to the course of wrongdoing that his position as usurping…

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