The Tragedy Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare Essay

1387 Words Nov 6th, 2015 6 Pages
Power Corrupts
Friedrich Nietzsche once said: “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you¨. Similar to Macbeth, those who rose to power and who fought ¨monsters¨ in the beginning, ended up becoming one or associated with one in the end which ultimately foreshadows their death. Throughout the tragedy Macbeth multiple characters are corrupted by power. Whether corruption comes from wanting power or already having power, corruption is inevitable either way. This is a recurring theme which is displayed through many types of imagery. The Shakespearean play, Macbeth, displays how plant and animal, light and dark, and blood imagery represent how power can lead to corruption in different characters throughout the play.
Courtney’s Paragraph: Throughout Macbeth, Shakespeare uses plant and animal imagery to represent how power can lead to corruption in different characters. One example of this imagery is when the witches are making a spell to cast apparitions for Macbeth. While they are doing this the Second Witch says, ¨Fillet of a fenny snake,/ In the cauldron boil and bake;/ Eye of newt and toe of frog,/ Wool of bat and tounge of dog, … Like a hell-broth boil and bubble” (4.1.12-19). The magic pot casts a spell over Macbeth building up his confidence, which leads to his tragic downfall. This shows the witches’ power over Macbeth, leading him to corruption.…

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