Essay on Macbeth, By William Shakespeare

1602 Words Aug 14th, 2015 7 Pages
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.

In the beginning of the play, Macbeth was depicted as a noble upstanding man, seen as naïve. When the witches’ told him that he would soon have the title Thane of Cawdor, the power began to go to his head. “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!” (I, iii, 52) Macbeth had gone to his wife and told him the news. She had then quickly come up with a plan for Macbeth so he was able to get this position faster than just waiting for it to happen. This was a result of his wife Lady Macbeth who was desperate for her husband to become the King of Scotland.

There had been other prophecies within the play, which the witches told Macbeth about such as ones referring to beware of Macduff, “Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! Beware Macduff! Beware the…

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