Macbeth Research Paper

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Macbeth Research Paper

What qualities makes a person good or bad? Researchers of psychology define evil as, “dehumanization, diffusion of responsibility, obedience to authority, unjust systems, group pressure, moral disengagement,and annuity.” These reasons along with background information of a subject helps to identify why a subject may turn evil. Unfortunately, finding a clear cut definition for good was not as easy for researchers. According to the five year study of world-renowned psychologist, Philip Zimbardo and his colleagues, they were able to break up what they found the making of a “good” person to be. “Simply put, then, the key to heroism is a concern for other people in need—a concern to defend a moral cause,
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This violence only adds fuel to the fire which was his desire for power.

His violent behavior and vindictive ways to get and keep power eventually turned into greed which is another flaw that led to his downfall. “Greed is an extreme and excessive desire for resources, especially property such as money, real estate, or other symbols of wealth”, stated Richard Taflinger. Excessive is defined as possessing something to such a degree it’s harmful. His greed was indeed harmful to not only himself but to others around him as well. The example of his wife committing suicide can again be related to this flaw and how it affected others. His greed affected those far beyond his personal circle of loved ones and companions, but reached out into the people of the kingdom as well. They saw how he was ruling the kingdom with greed and a strong urging for power; they saw how he was becoming a true tyrant. Once Macbeth was given that little bit of power, he needed more and more. Macbeth was not satisfied until he had the whole kingdom under his rule and in the palm of his hand. The people being ruled by this controlling man was tired of his leadership, while at the same time starting to see his dirty deeds brought into the light. Deeds like King Duncan’s, Banquo 's, and the family of Macduff’s assassination. These suspicions now met with some evidence

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