Theme Of Power In Macbeth

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In William Shakespeare's 17th century tragedy playwright ‘Macbeth’ said to have first been performed in 1606, power is a key theme spread across various characters. Shakespeare explores the use and gain of power through Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and Macduff. All of which have held power for a period of time in the duration of the play, contributing to the end result and fate of the storyline.

Lady macbeth held the most power at the start of the play. Lady Macbeth's character is strong and ruthless, the type of woman who will do anything in great lengths to achieve her end desired goal. Lady Macbeth upon reading her husband's letter about the witches visions knows she must push Macbeth out of his comfort zone to do the deed of killing king Duncan. Lady Macbeth wishes that she was born a man not a woman as she could have done the murder herself, however Lady Macbeth uses female tactics to gain a source of power through manipulation towards her husband.Taking control of Macbeth's weaknesses and objections she forces him to go through with the murder. Within act II scene II Macbeth says “I have done the deed” implying to his wife that he finally went through with the murder after much hesitation from beforehand. Lady Macbeth is the real power behind the throne as she is the dominant partner at the beginning of the play, she persuades Macbeth to achieve his goal of becoming king and she organizes the murder of king Duncan herself.

Once Macbeth becomes king after the murder of
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