What Is Power In Macbeth Essay

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How much power do we have over our lives? This question has been debated for centuries through stories, poems, and plays. While we may never know if there is such a thing as fate, we do know that there are many things that can influence the path we chose in our life. In the fictional play Macbeth, Shakespeare uses characterization to show that if the darkness of man is left untamed, it will destroy all that is pure.

Power is so irresistible, people will do anything for it. “Look like th’ innocent flower But be the serpent under ‘t”(1.5). In this quote, Lady Macbeth is taking to Macbeth about the murder of Duncan. Lady Macbeth throughout the book seems to be Macbeth’s conscious. Even though he seems to come to his own conclusion, it is still
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Away, and mock the time with fairest show. False face must hide what false heart doth know¨(1.7). In this quote, Macbeth is telling Lady Macbeth that he is now willing to murder Duncan for power. This shows the power of others as discussed earlier, but also how power itself can lead people to do terrible things. The desire for power drives Lady Macbeth and Macbeth to cross a line they probably never thought they would cross, murder. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth were also fearful of losing their power, driving them to kill again and again. Through these actions, Shakespeare shows how because the darkness in both Lady Macbeth and Macbeth was left unchecked, it got out of hand and made them lose their…show more content…
¨The castle of Macduff I will surprise, Seize upon Fife, give to th’ edge o’ th’ sword His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls That trace him in his line¨(4.1). This quote occurs just after Macbeth has had another encounter with the Weird Sisters. Throughout the play, it is unclear if the Sisters have any power over Macbeth’s fate, if they are just master manipulators, or if they can see the future but not change it. However, the Sisters do seem to have some sort of power over Macbeth. Whether they have power over his thinking or just master manipulators, their words have meaning to Macbeth. Their prophecy about Macduff leads Macbeth to murder many more people. This is an action that destroys him even further. Another example is the crusades. Pope Urban II said that killing non-believers was not murder and that if you went to the Holy Land to fight, you would basically be given a passport to heaven. This idea led people to go to the Holy Land by the tens of thousands to massacre innocent people. Both the play and this event show that religion is a double edged sword, but most importantly, that it has enormous power over
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