The Power Of Power In Shakespeare's The Tragedy Of Macbeth

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Power is something that we all want, it is what gives us control of our lives, but the outcome of it, is what affects our values and morals. For instance, in the play The Tragedy of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth wanted to have power and pushed Macbeth to murder Duncan so he could become king. As time passed his lust for power grew and turned him into a murderer.
Lady Macbeth, in The Tragedy of Macbeth, was eager to convince Macbeth to kill king Duncan, eager so that her husband could become King of Scotland. After her and Macbeth murdered Duncan, everything had changed for them. For instance, Lady Macbeth had went mentally and emotionally unstable after murdering Duncan. The doctor had examined Lady Macbeth and said, “Foul whisp’rings are abroad.
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In the beginning of the play Macbeth had been a kind, gentle, loving man that cared deeply for his wife. Lady Macbeth herself had thought her husband was too good to even complete their mission. She said, “What thou art promised./ Yet do I fear thy nature;/ It is too full o’th’ milk of human kindness/ To catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great,/ Art not without ambition, but without/ The illness should attend it. What thou wouldst highly,/ That wouldst thou holily; wouldst not play false/ And yet wouldst wrongly win.” (Shakespeare, 361, 1.5.13-19). Lady Macbeth fear that her husband is too good to seize the throne by murdering. He lacks the necessary wickedness to gain power. But his opinion of wife meant the most to Macbeth and wanted to prove himself to her, that he was worthy of her. Throughout the play he did everything for her, he killed for her so she could become queen. But the power had consumed him and turned him cold. Macbeth was too consumed in maintaining his power as King of Scotland, he did not mourn his wife when she died. Macbeth had claimed he did everything for his wife, but even after her death, he continued to fight to stay king and would harm whoever got in his way. He did not mourn his wife so he could fight, he wished she died during a more convenient time for him to mourn her death. Macbeth said, …show more content…
Macbeth had wanted power. “It is not power that corrupts, but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it” (Kyi, 1990).Macbeth is aware of the consequences of his evil actions, and foolishly overrides his better judgement. His conscience alerts him to the evil nature of the “deed”; he is aware of the “even-handed justice” or “judgement” which instructs people about good and evil. He knows that every action has consequences and one day they will return to haunt the perpetrator. Macbeth is tragic in the sense that he predicts his downfall but cannot control his ambition. He is also tragic in the sense that, as a fine and noble soldier, he becomes corrupted. As a tyrant, he becomes steeped in blood for evil

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