Corruption and Power in Macbeth

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Personal power has the ability to be essential to greatness, and at the same time is able to destroy a person’s nature. In the drama Macbeth by William Shakespeare, the main character, Macbeth, becomes corrupt through power that he gains. The play shows that even someone who starts out like Macbeth and does not crave power, will do terrible things to gain authority and power.
The play begins with the characters King Duncan and Malcolm talking about a “good and hardy soldier” (Act I: ii: 4). This man they are talking about is the stories protagonist, Macbeth. Macbeth is a good soldier who is devoted to his king. Then, Macbeth and his friend come across three witches who prophecy Macbeth’s future, hailing him as one day becoming King. This prophesy grabs Macbeth’s mind, and the change in his character begins. Whenever the witches try to leave, Macbeth immediately remarks for them to “stay” and to “tell (me) more” (Act I: ii: 70). The witches prophesy is the first example of Macbeth being affected by power. This supernatural knowledge begins to fray his mind and Macbeth begins to wonder what he must to for the prophecy's to come true.
Macbeth does not begin to plot his first murder on the information gained by the witches on his own. Though the witches’ prophecies do peak Macbeth’s interest, it is not until his wife, Lady Macbeth hears of the prophecy that the murder actually begins to tak...
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