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Corruption in Macbeth


Power has the ability to destroy one's nature.  Thus, making one capable

to do many things he would not normally do, unless power has been an

influence.  Once Macbeth realizes that he has power, he becomes a person of

corruption.  This power he attains allows him to commit many sins in order to

become King of Scotland.   In Macbeth, a play by William Shakespeare, Macbeth

corrupts through power, guilt, and ambition.


    Macbeth, with his desire to achieve a particular goal, plans to be the

most powerful person in Scotland.  Macbeth fights on Scotland's side and

kills Macdonwald.  King Duncan tells to "go pronounce his present death, and

with his former title greet Macbeth" (I.ii.63-65).  King Duncan hears of

Macbeth's powerful and noble qualities and crowns him the new Thane of

Cawdor.    Macbeth kills King Duncan, which leaves an empty spot for a new

King.  He has "done the deed" and there is a very loud "noise" (II.ii.19).

He is reassuring himself that he will become very powerful.  Soon Macbeth

learns of heirs to the throne of which may interfere with his power, and he

immediately orders for the death of both Banquo and Fleance.  He tells the

hired murderers to "leave no rubs nor botches in the work . . . Fleance, his

son . . . is far less material" (III.ii.153-155).  With this, he is allowing

these undermining and evil ways of his to get the betterment of him,

corrupting his being.  Macbeth is so consumed by the thoughts of becoming

powerful that he corrupts himself to an even further extent.


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Macbeth finds out of Banquo and Fleance's escape, he takes no time in moving

onto the next victim.  His ambition is to "surprises" Macduff with the "edge

o' th' sword," but his wife and children, their "unfortunate souls," die

instead (IV.i.174-177).  Coincidentally, Macduff went to England, rendering

his family defenseless at the time of their murder.


    Macbeth's thoughts are the first to trigger his corrupt ways.  Because

Macbeth craves such a power, his soul is eaten away at the thought of

becoming King of Scotland.  Thus, when he becomes King, he allows himself to

deteriorate even more.  Macbeth does suffer from his power, guilt, and

ambition until he has died.  It is not the witches, knife, or man that kill

Macbeth.  It is his ambition that drove him into Hell.

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