Corruption Of Power In Macbeth

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Power is the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behaviour of others or the course of events. When people have too much power it can lead to corruption. Macbeth’s power as king led to the corruption of Scotland and his downfall. He was given to much power which he acquired himself by killing Duncan because he believed he would be a better ruler. No one stopped him because they didn’t know the horrible deeds he done for sure and were scared to speak out in the fear of their lives. Too much power went to Macbeth’s head that he was paranoid that someone was out to take his crown away. He had many executed and left Scotland in a fearful state that was much different than when Duncan ruled. Macbeth did not see anything wrong because the only thing that mattered was him being and staying king. Macbeth’s political power as king made him jealous and led to the corruption of himself and Scotland that often ended in murders, therefore, emphasizing that too much power is a destructive,
Macbeth’s new title of Thane of Cawdor made him more hungry for power.: “ The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step/ On which I must fall down, or else o’erleap,/For in my way it lies. Stars hide your fires;/ Let not light see my black and deep desires” (1.4 48-51): King Duncan has just announced that his son, Malcolm, is now the Prince of Cumberland. Macbeth does not like that because he knows for sure now that Malcom is Duncan’s rightful heir to be king next. He wants to be king and

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