Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutly in Shakespeare's Macbeth Essay

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Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutly in Shakespeare's Macbeth

It is common knowledge that it is human nature to crave power. Also, that the more power that is acquired the more power hungry someone would become, and with this power they become more and more corrupt. In Shakespeare's Macbeth, Macbeth showed this throughout the entire play. There was strict relationship between the amount of power Macbeth obtained and the corrupt acts he committed. When Macbeth had no title, or only the title of his father, Thane of Glamis, he did not exhibit corruption. But as he gained more power, such as gaining the title of Thane of Cawdor, his corruption became more and more evident. Macbeth was most
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The air/ Nimbly and sweetly recommends itself/ Unto our gentle senses" (1. 6. 1-3) It was said of the castle that "heaven's breath/ Smells wooingly here" (1. 6. 6-7). The suggestion of heaven being present at Macbeth's castle is a clear indication of the positive way Macbeth was portrayed as the Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth didn't yet want to be being king. Macbeth's philosophy regarding himself becoming king was, "If chance will have me King, why, chance may crown me/ Without my stir" (1. 4. 158-159). This parallels his attitude at the beginning of the play, which proves he has changed very little. He greeted the King with a great deal of compliments and praise. However, later in the play it is clear that Macbeth did have "black and deep desires" (1. 4. 58). Macbeth's views have changed. He now desires desperately to be King. When Malcolm became Prince of Cumberland, Macbeth considered this "a step on which I must fall down or else o'erleap/ for in my way it lies" (1. 4. 56-57). Macbeth was not yet acting upon his corrupt thoughts, however he does desire corrupt events to occur. Eventually, with the persuasion of Lady Macbeth, Macbeth decided to murder the King. However, he doubted himself constantly and once the deed wass done he felt very guilty. Macbeth cried, "What hands are here! Ha, they pluck out mine eyes./ Will