The Downfall Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare Essay

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Corruption Grows With Power
Power and corruption, manipulation and murder, these are the things that weave the tragic tale of Macbeth. Macbeth turns from a noble man to a tyrant throughout the play through a series of heinous acts in order to gain power and maintain it. His quest to become king and keep the throne tore his character apart, taking everything he is and replacing it with blind ambition and lust for power. The power Macbeth sought after and eventually achieves results in his corruption through his learning of the power, his suspicion upon gaining it and his addiction to the power. William Shakespeare shows that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely in Macbeth through the titular character.

Macbeth first shows power corrupting him when he is shown the power he could potentially receive. Once he becomes aware that he could possess the greatest power one could in his time, becoming king, the once noble and loyal warrior becomes corrupt. This begins with Macbeth learning of his new title, thane of Cawdor, just after his first meeting with the witches, who prophesize that he will earn this title and then king. As he thanks those who welcome him with his new title, he thinks to himself that there must be something wrong, as he is imagining committing the horrible act of killing King Duncan, “If good, why do I yield to that suggestion / Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair / And make my seated heart knock at my ribs” (1.3.38-40). He describes the…

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