Abuse Of Power In Macbeth

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Complicated consequences result from the abuse of power that is central in William Shakespeare’s play ’Macbeth’ following immoral manipulation. Macbeth was written in 1606 during the reign of King James I and was used as a warning to potential threats of the King. It is a form of praise and admiration towards the King by Shakespeare as those who immorally seize power will ultimately possess a destroyed fate. Through analysing the text, we can see that abuse of power through supernatural manipulation on human nature is evident therefore guilt and delusions are consequences of that power abuse.

Shakespeare explores the abuse of supernatural power through manipulation by witches on human nature. This considers how witches dominate through the complexity of control as an attempt to influence fate. In the Jacobean Era, King James was interested in the supernatural with the majority of people believing that witches held supernatural power and were evil representatives of the devil. Hecate informs the witches in relation to Macbeth that “he shall spurn fate, scorn death and bear his hopes ‘bove wisdom, grace and fear…security is mortal’s chiefest enemy”. Tragic foreshadowing emphasises “scorn death” presenting a dark upcoming event. This demonstrates how the witches manipulate Macbeth into thinking that he stands above wisdom, grace and fear, encouraging him to be overly confident. As a loyal friend, Banquo warns Macbeth “to win us to our harm the instruments of darkness tell us
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