William Shakespeare 's Macbeth Draft

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Stuart Wodzro Honours English 9, Block 2 Shakespeare Essay February 26, 2016 MacBeth Draft No. 3 The strive for power is a human impulse, perhaps even a primitive compulsion. And, in the case of human beings at least, the impulse is not restricted solely to the necessities of life. Beings are devoted to gaining raw power itself and, through it, they loses themselves. As one may know, the lust for power is a mode of selfishness, where at one attempts to gratify every passion, but alas pleonexia proves to taint the ones of potential. One instance where unrelenting desire for power dominated the human psyche is WWII, Adolf Hitler. Adolf Hitler, the tyrant of Germany, can often be compared to the protagonist, Macbeth. Both Hitler and Macbeth are similar in many ways, their ambition for gaining power, their ignorance of the means to achieve goals and equally their tyrannical style of gaining power. In parallelity, William Shakespeare, a prolific writer of the 16th century widely known for his contribution to the English language and his literary works articulates this notion into one of his most gripping masterpieces, MacBeth. A tale of a Scottish nobleman who encounters a prophecy that foretells him that he will gain great power but must earn it through blood. Not only is the plot intriguing, but furthermore Shakespeare 's poetic tone that creates a stark contrast of light and dark imagery in order to convey a theme that circumstances are the result of an individual’s

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