The struggle for power in essays
Macbeth's ambitions are now stronger than his conscience. The witches have tempted and
controlled him with the idea of becoming king. Lady Macbeth manipulates him to overcome his natural hesitation to commit murder. Due to his manipulation, Macbeth chooses the crown over his honor and material gain in this world over salvation in the next world. Once he has killed to get the crown, the other crimes seem inevitable. In order to keep what he has taken, Macbeth learns to lie and kill as a matter of course. His values become totally confused. “Fair is foul, and foul is fair” to him now; he has lost track of the difference. By the end of the play, manipulation by others has completely consumed Macbeth. Once Macbeth kills Duncan, he is committed to a course of lying and killing. His sense of right and wrong is eaten away. Even before Macbeth is killed, he is dying of a diseased spirit. Scotland is also infected,
and Macbeth is its disease. Macbeth is a prime example of the corruption of power, and how absolute power corrupts absolutely. Shakespeare's play Macbeth is a study of manipulation, control, and power. It shows how individuals can control the mind and actions of others. That control when evil, can create not only turmoil within the person being controlled, but can lead to death and destruction of others around the person.
Macbeth was one of Shakespeare’s most tragic figures. Consumed by politics and the lust for power, Macbeth comes to despise himself, life, and the very power that he sought. The loss of meaning in his life could be traced to the moment politics invaded his existence. Politics killed Macbeth. In America, we are all modern-day Macbeths, struggling to emerge from the darkness which elections, political parties, and government have thrown over our souls. The only victory to be gained is a dark one — the death of political concerns in each of us provides the only route to salvation.
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