William Shakespeare 's Power Of Power

1695 Words Mar 9th, 2015 7 Pages
What does it take to stay in power in Ancient Rome? Power is inequitably distributed between those who rule and those who are subjects. However, one individual controlling many citizens is a tenuous circumstance. Controlled chaos, hyperbolized real-life theater, maintains the power of leaders by promoting a sense of fear, unpredictability and helplessness amongst constituents. Many Roman leaders perceive their hold on power to be tenuous at best, and this insecurity also drives rash actions. On the other hand, powerful leaders rely on certain structures that serve their power. Indeed, these structures also support the illusion and confusion. This tension, between the unordered and ordered demonstrates the psychotic and ruinous character of Rome’s leaders, who sought to maintain power and control at any cost. Nero promotes confusion and unpredictability of parts of his realm to entrench his own power. Often, his actions are rash and extreme, which keeps Rome’s citizens in search of some order. Nero capitalizes on the populace’s fears, upending established hierarchies and societal norm. Tacitus writes, “The Senate and leading citizens were in doubt whether to regard [Nero] as more terrible at a distance or among them. After a while, as is the way with great terrors, they thought what happened the worst alternative” (Annals, 15.36). The people of Rome view Nero as unfavorable because he seemingly can never instill confidence in his people, only treachery and fear. Despite his…
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