Macbeth’s Greed for Power Leads to his Inevitable Fate

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In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the audience watches as Macbeth, a noble thane of Scotland, kills the King in his greed for power and eventually fate repays him with a horrible and violent downfall. The readers can see how Shakespeare uses the certain imagery to amplify his theme of how one’s drive and need for power leading to corruption. One can see this with Shakespeare's use dark in the play, his use of blood, and finally through his use of unnatural elements and beings.

The readers see throughout the play that Shakespeare uses lots of dark imagery in his play. Through the use of this dark imagery the readers can see just how corrupt the drive and hunger for power is making his characters, particularly Macbeth. One can see this firstly in act I, when Macbeth has already heard his prophecy from the witches and has just heard Duncan proclaim Malcolm the prince. One see Macbeths first hunger for power in this scene where he states “Stars, hide your fires!Let not light see the my black and deep desires” (Act I. iv. 50-51). It is here that the readers first see Macbeths real drive for power and realize that it could make him perform very dark and evil deeds. Secondly, one sees the use of darkness when Macbeth send murderers to slay Banquo, his best friend. Macbeth is speaking to Lady Macbeth and says “Good things of the day begin to droop and drowse, While night’s black agents to their preys do rouse.” (III.ii.52-53) and when the readers hear the second murderer proclaim he

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