Power Of Control In Macbeth

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In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, manipulation is an effective device used throughout the play to achieve control and influence behaviour. In the play, Macbeth falls victim to this and becomes controlled like a puppet by his wife, Lady Macbeth, and the three witches. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth was a loyal and well-respected general, but, later, becomes a treacherous murderer, fulfilling his desires to become king. The puppeteers were pivotal in Macbeth’s eventual downfall in the tragedy and pulled the strings that led Macbeth to his self-destruction. However, Macbeth in himself was a mentally weak character, adding to the ease of manipulation. These factors proved fatal for Macbeth as his death unfolded at the end of the play and his reign diminished. Shakespeare takes on the underestimated power of control that manipulation plays on characters throughout the dramatic performance.

Being strong can be defined in several ways, in countless situations, strength could mean plain power, the higher title you have, the stronger you are, and in the play, Macbeth is powerful in that sense, however, lacks mental strength. While Macbeth may seem like a strong and ambitious character, he is in a way, powerless, controlled only by his “black and deepest desires.” In the play of Macbeth, ambition is a strong desire Macbeth has to become king by committing the unthinkable, of which in this case, is murder. A glimpse of his mental instability is portrayed in the third scene of
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