How the Theme of Power Is Presnted in Animal Farm and Macbeth

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Main Body Shakespeare and Orwell both reveal their characters’ sheer thirst for power in different manners. Shakespeare discloses Macbeth’s interest in maximum power very promptly. Act 1 uncovers Macbeths supernatural encounter with the three witches. This encounter unravels Macbeths growing desire to clinch the title of King- the superlative power: “Speak, imperfect creatures! Tell me more!” The exclamatory features in this sentence help us as readers to realise Macbeths anxious mind set and his enthusiasm for finding out more. Although witches in this era were considered devil like and demonic, Macbeth doesn’t hesitate to pay attention to what they have to say. As we read on through the scene, we learn from Macbeth’s secretive soliloquys and dialogue that his thirst and desire is only growing in his ego. Banquo declares that his friend is ‘rap’t withal’ as he witnesses Macbeth’s fascination of the idea, which was pronounced from the mouths of the ‘imperfect creatures’. Shakespeare further cultivates Macbeths quickly changing character through soliloquy and dramatic irony. His success in doing so is disclosed as the once ‘noble’ Macbeth goes against all odds to convey his idea of fulfilling the witches’ prophecies: to kill King Duncan. Macbeth also notifies us that to even anticipate slaughtering the sacred King is an act of treachery and betrayal nonetheless he delivers himself as quite motivated and determined to do so. The “horrid image”, “doth unfix” his hair and make his “seated heart knock”; his lust for ultimate power poisons his loyalty and decays at his integrity. As the play moves on, the audience observe the hasty crumbling of his devotion to God and the King. Macbeths longing to becoming king leads him to misjudging the prophecies. He sees them as an excuse and a form of consent- making it seem to him an acceptable action to kill the king in order

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