Theme Of Corruption In Macbeth

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Macbeth Essay In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare corruption is everywhere whether it is intentional or unintentional some of the most unexpected characters become corrupted. Furthermore when ambition goes unchecked by moral boundaries corruption is created and in turn it leads to devastation. Corruption is most evident in the three witches in Macbeth as they are very deceitful. In addition corruption and unchecked morals are also found in the two main characters, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth, in each situation there ambition which was created by the witches leads to the pair committing more and more cruel acts. This transformation is first true with Macbeth who changes completely from a genuine courageous solider to a bloodthirsty person…show more content…
Lady Macbeth is not satisfied with power, as soon as there is an additional opportunity for abundant power Lady Macbeth is committed to getting that power by any means necessary, moral or immoral. She desires for her husband to gutlessly murder King Duncan and expects him to be mentally stable after the murder. However, she is the one who is driven to complete insanity because of all the killing that Macbeth is doing and all the bloodshed that the pair has caused. This is essentially Lady Macbeths fault as she bestowed her corrupt morals onto Macbeth. She shaped the mindset that it was necessary to murder someone who trusts you for more power and accordingly she changed Macbeth’s way of thinking. Lady Macbeth’s breakdown is at its peak in the middle of the night, when she was walking the halls and she says “Here’s the smell of blood still: all/the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little/ hand. Oh, oh, oh!” (5.1.50-52). Also another major example in Macbeth of how corruption leads to devastation is when Lady Macbeth is so overwhelmed by her guilty conscious she commits suicide and Macbeth is left to deal with this dilemma on his own, “Wherefore was that cry?/ The queen my lord is dead” (5.5.15-16). In this case Lady Macbeths need for power is extremely destructive. In spite of her poor morals to start with, when Macbeth’s moral values change drastically she turns into someone who is mentally unstable. Her ambition is what motivates her to convince her husband Macbeth to commit these horrible deeds in the first place. Although Lady Macbeth did have poor morals, this quest for power would not have happened if it was not for the prompting of the witches and the start of the corruption that spread like a forest

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