Power Corruption In Macbeth

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Macbeth Essay Throughout the play of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, there are four themes, such as things are not what they seem, blind ambition, power corruption, and the effects of superstition on human behavior, that cause the transformation of Macbeth from a great general to a corrupt king. In the beginning, Macbeth (also known as Thane of Glamis) is a devoted general who fights for and defends his king. However, this changes when Macbeth and his friend Banquo meet the prophesizing witches for the first time. Macbeth is greeted as Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, and king hereafter. It is this prophecy that will make Macbeth go astray and become the person that he never wanted to become. Macbeth sends a letter to Lady Macbeth telling her about his experience with the three witches. Soon after a messenger arrives and discloses that the king will come to Macbeth’s castle tonight to honor Macbeth for his recent victory. When Macbeth arrives home to his wife Lady Macbeth, she begins to…show more content…
A whole army rises up against Macbeth, yet he feels no fear because he believes in the witches’ prophecies. When he hears that his wife had committed suicide he declares that there is noting left for him to live for. He then later gets a message that the leaves of Birnam woods are coming to Dunsinane, supporting the witches’ last prophecy. Macbeth remains fearless because no man born of woman can harm him. This prophecy backfires on him because when he encounters Macduff in a battle, he finds out that Macduff wasn’t born through natural birth but by a C-section. Macbeth finally realizes the inevitably of his fate and lose the battle and war. Nevertheless, superstition affects man because Macbeth was fully naïve to believe he could outwit the prophecies. He relied on the words of the witches, however, interpreted them incorrectly, ultimately degrading his name in

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