Essay on Macbeth, By William Shakespeare

1313 Words Nov 10th, 2015 6 Pages
Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare demonstrates that acting on one’s lust for power leads to destruction. This is proven through Macbeth’s personality and how much he wanted to maintain the power he had which eventually lead to his downfall. This is also shown again through Lady Macbeth’s manipulative personality which eventually leads to her downfall. Finally, the theme that acting on one’s lust for power leads to destruction is proven again through Macbeth’s betrayals of Duncan and Banquo.
Throughout the play Macbeth evolves a lot as a character. As he is first seen as an honest, trusted warrior and is soon transformed into a lying, dangerous murderer. The lust for power Macbeth felt first started with the three witches prophecies, “All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis. All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor. All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter” (I, iii, 47-49). The prophecies started to provoke a new interest of lust for power Macbeth now felt. As soon as Macbeth was named Thane of Cawdor it did not fill his desire to have control and dominance over Scotland. This then lead Macbeth to achieve his third prophecy of becoming king despite the fact that he knew that what he had to do to get that position was wrong. Macbeth once had a guilty conscious and felt guilt when he did something wrong, like murdering the king. Macbeth’s guilt is represented through blood “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood /Clean from my hand? No: this…

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