Jessi, Ryan, Tim, Courtney, Kelsey
In The Tragedy of Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, we see Macbeth, a loyal soldier, turn into a complete monster by killing innocent people for the sake of power. This eventually leads to Macbeth’s mental breakdown, descending into madness as a cold blooded murderer, until his fateful death. There have been many Macbeth-like figures who have followed in his footsteps throughout our history, such as Julius Caesar, Joseph Stalin and especially Maximilien Robespierre, in the French Revolution. Robespierre killed many people, including one of his colleagues, to gain political power. The selfishness and greed that is shown in Macbeth Robespierre, and other historic figures leads to the conclusion that human nature has dark aspect sewed into it.
Sparked by the success of the Revolutionary War, the people in the French Revolution fought for civil liberties and individual rights by overthrowing its unjust monarch system. However, unlike the Revolutionary war, France’s revolution resulted in complete chaos and went through a series of radical events between 1789 and 1799. Before the French Revolution, the French economy was deprived of resources and money, due to their support of the American Revolutionary War and the large expenses of the aristocratic, and lavish lifestyles. After being heavily taxed and having little voting power in France’s law-making body, the Estates-General,(representatives of the lower class and workers), formed their own parliament called the National Assembly on June 17, 1789. They created their own constitution that applied for all citizens, inspiring the French Revolution. A few months later, revolutionaries stormed the Bas...
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...wasteful entrance: there, the murderers, steep 'd in the colours of their trade, their daggers, unmannerly breached with gor.”(Act 2, scene 3, 112-116). After killing Duncan, Macbeth killed more people, including Banquo, to secure the throne. In the French Revolution, Robespierre killed Danton to gain his power by accusing him of unfair charges that were impossible to defend in court. After Danton’s execution, Robespierre also killed more of his opponents that were threats to his absolute dictatorship.
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Macbeth and Robespierre were both strong political figures who became power hungry. When the temptation for control was too strong, both leaders turned on their superiors, and murdered, for a higher political and social status. Robespierre and Macbeth could not resist the pull for power and ended up living a tortured and regretful life.
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