Macbeth Desire For Power Essay

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The desire for power is the motive of many unimaginable acts. Ultimately, these actions could lead to consequences.William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, a short and extremely bloody tragedy, shows the development of a very power hungry Scottish general. Macbeth’s desire for power played the biggest role in future repercussions and eventually his own downfall. Macbeth’s desire for immense power leads to a civil war, a broken marriage, and the death of him and his wife. To begin, Macbeth’s actions to achieve total power created an opportunity for the uprising of the civil war. While Macbeth awaited thousands of troops to surround his castle, he said, “I have liv'd long enough: my way of life is fall'n into the sear, the yellow leaf; and that which should accompany old age, as honour, love, obedience, troops of friends, I must not look to have; but, in their stead, curses, not loud but deep, mouth-honour, breath, which the poor heart would fain deny, and dare not. Seyton!” Macbeth describes the hatred brought upon him by his actions. He no longer could rely on anyone. In fact, most of his forces turned their loyalty away from Macbeth, which resulted in Macbeth’s lost during the civil war. Even though, his actions played a huge role in the events leading up to the civil war, Macbeth’s…show more content…
As mentioned by Lady Macbeth, “I have given suck, and know how tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums, and dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this.” After, Macbeth declares that they should not proceed any further with the assassination of King Duncan, Lady Macbeth attempts to scorn Macbeth for the change of plans. Lady Macbeth, on many occasions, attempts to manipulate Macbeth into committing unlawful deeds. Nevertheless, Lady Macbeth evil and manipulating ways led to their broken

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