Essay On The Role Of Power In Macbeth

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Murder is like hammering a nail. Once it is in, it is easier to continue hammering then pulling the nail out. The play Macbeth written by William Shakespeare explores the idea of power and ambition and how this has changed the main character Macbeth from a loyal, diligent warrior of the king to a bloody, sinful murderer. Macbeth was greatly influenced by a number of catalysts which lead to the change of Macbeth throughout the duration of the play and the loss of conscience in his actions. The witches have played a major role in the play Macbeth. They were the people who sparked the interest of Macbeth and planted the seed of destruction in his mind. The three prophecies in the beginning of the play 'All hail Macbeth...thane of glamis...thane of cawdor...that shalt be king hereafter,' greatly influenced Macbeth and has given him the intention to kill in order to gain his position as king of Scotland. After Macbeth was given title of king, the witches continue motivating to kill with another three prophecies,'beware MacDuff...none of woman born shall harm Macbeth...Macbeth shall never vanquished be, until Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill.' Although these prophecies were suppose to have negative outcomes, the prophecies instead causes Macbeth to become a…show more content…
In the beginning of the play we see Macbeth as 'noble Macbeth,' a loyal fighter for the King Duncan. However. With many catalysts influencing him to sin, the negative thoughts of sinning outweighs the positive thoughts and Macbeth changes into a murderer who is hungry for power. Catalysts such as Lady Macbeth have fueled Macbeth with anger and rage after telling him that he was 'a coward' and 'too full of the milk of human kindness.' The technique of purposely blackmailing Macbeth forces him into a situation where there is no choice other than to kill and be call a real

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