What Role Does Power Play In Macbeth

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Manny Soto Tolentino English 10A 9 November 2015 TITLE One of the most profound themes in Macbeth involves the ambition for power. As Macbeth strives to achieve authorization, he takes actions that have serious and devastating consequences for himself and the other characters in the play. In William Shakespeare's play Macbeth, Shakespeare portrays the protagonist, Macbeth, as a weak man differing from today's men, because he is easily influenced, does not take the initiative to get what he wants and is naive with the selection of choices he makes throughout the tragic play. Shakespeare portrays Macbeth as an easily influenced character. In Act 1, the three witches provide Macbeth with three prophecies. The prophecies state that he would become the thane of…show more content…
In Act 2 scene 2 Macbeth is supposed to kill King Duncan and smear the sleeping guards with his blood. Macbeth forgets to smear them with blood , leading Lady macbeth to finish the job, taking their lives. “Infirm of purpose! Give me the daggers. The sleeping and the dead are but as pictures. 'Tis the eye of childhood That fears a painted devil. If he do bleed, I’ll gild the faces of the grooms withal, For it must seem their guilt.” (I.II. 53-58 )Lady macbeth demonstrates her frustration by calling Macbeth a coward and proclaiming dead and sleeping people can’t hurt you any more than pictures can, and that only children are afraid of scary pictures. If Duncan bleeds she would paint the servants' faces with his blood and it make it seem like they’re guilty. Shakespeare uses the words dead, fear, devil, bleed and guilt to show negative diction. He uses negative diction possibly to foreshadow the unwelcomed events that will happen later to him. In today’s society, people take the initiative to achieve what they want but usually is difficult. In Macbeth’s situation, it was not difficult but a lack of

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