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Desire For Power In Macbeth Analysis

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A popular and reoccurring theme in literary works throughout history is the struggle and desire for increased power. In the play Macbeth by Shakespeare, there are many characters who struggle for this desire for power and will do anything to achieve it, ultimately leading to their downfall. Lady Macbeth is just one example of this corruption that stems from a desire for power as she plans to and eventually goes through with the murder of King Duncan. Lady Macbeth faces the conflicts of her desire to be queen and her guilt and inability to follow through with what she says she will do which connects to a central theme of greed causes corruption.
To begin, the most obvious dilemma Lady Macbeth faces is desire to be the queen. From the moment
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When she planned to kill Duncan, she had first said that she would do it. This can be seen in her first lines again when she talks about her desire to be queen. However, in the next scene she begins telling her husband to do it. In this scene Macbeth begins to have doubts about going through with the murder of Duncan, and Lady Macbeth tells him that he should not and that he will go through with killing him. She tells him, “Was the hope drunk/ wherin you dressed yourself? Hath it slept since?/ And wakes it nnow to look so green and pale/ At what it did so freely? From this time/ Such I account thy love. Art thou afeared/ To be the same in thine own valor/ As thou art in desire?”(I,vii 36-41). The translation of this quote is ‘was the hope false that you told her? And now he looks like a coward because of this false hope. This is not the man she loves. He must act on what he desires. Later however, she said “I laid their daggers ready;/ he could not miss ‘em. Had he not resembled/ my father as he slept, I had done’t“(II,ii 11-13). The translation of this quote is she laid the knives ready in a clearly seen place. Had Duncan not looked so much like her father while he slept she would have killed him. This mirrors Lady Macbeth’s guilt because she clearly knows that her crimes are wrong as she could not do it to her father, therefore she pushed it off onto her husband. She had already planned and nearly killed Duncan, but could not go through because of her guilt. Had Lady Macbeth gone through with the things she claimed she was going to do, neither her ot Macbeth would have the enormous amounts of guilt they were faced with after the crime was committed. Over and over, she called Macbeth a coward and and insulted his masculinity all the while she was unable to do the things that she was telling her husband to do. In turn the theme is displayed of
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