I Got The Power Essay

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Power is the ability to control a person’s life in a way in which the person being controlled has no say. Power is earned rightfully, sometimes. Most of the times, people use wrong ways to earn power which is never theirs to begin with. "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." (Acton). This quote is a representation of the story Macbeth, and how the character Macbeth is corrupted by power. In William Shakespeare’s novel, Macbeth, a tragic story of a hero, displays this dominant theme of power. Macbeth, a loyal, respected, and strong leader becomes the prey of his wife, who forces him to obtain power. However, Macbeth’s sense of ...view middle of the document...

Power is displayed when Lady Macbeth manipulates her husband in killing Duncan. She questions Macbeth’s masculinity and says “Art thou afread to be the same in thine own act and valour/ and live a coward in thine own esteem, letting ‘I dare not’ wait upon ‘I would’ like the poor cat I’ the adage?” (Act 1, Scene VII, 17). Lady Macbeth influences her husband to attain power, even it means killing the King of Scotland. This demonstrated that Lady Macbeth had extreme power on Macbeth, and used her manipulative tactics to ensure that he does not back out of this plan. Lady Macbeth’s desire for power demonstrated that she was willing to cross any limits to achieve it. This desired power corrupts both Macbeth’s and her life.
Macbeth’s craving for power forced him to be insecure of his surroundings. His desire to keep his power goes too far when he begins suspecting Banquo being a challenge to him; therefore, Macbeth decides to kill Banquo. In Act 3, scene 1, Macbeth states, “He hath a wisdom that doth guide his valour to act in safety. There is none but he whose being I do fear: and under him my genius is rebuked/ no son of mine succeeding. If’t be so, for Banquo’s issue have I filed my mind” (Scene I, 35). Macbeth feels insecure of Banquo resulting in him killing Banquo. He did not care if Banquo was his good friend; he just wanted to secure his power from everyone else. Macbeth gets so involved in power that his insecurity gets the best of him. The only reason he killed Banquo was to attain more power and to make sure that Banquo’s sons do not become king. He did this so he could protect his power.
Macbeth’s need of power goes beyond far, that leads to his and Lady Macbeth’s...

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