Macbeth: Corruption of Power

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“In the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding on the back of the tiger ended up inside.”
- John F. Kennedy

When individuals come into a position of power, where the definition of control becomes a new one according to their own point of view, they usually open a feeling in their minds that what ever decision they make that directly conflicts the lives of other people, that they shouldn’t feel responsible at all. That’s when power corrupts the minds of these people.
Corruption is something that is motivated by greed and fraud. It’s a very threatening personality that controls and destroys people’s lives and makes them the kind of person other people don’t want to associate with.

When a person is in power, situations arouse where they can acquire anything by lying, bribing, conning, or stealing. With these in mind anybody in power could easily become a powerful foe.

The reason why corruption has become a global problem is because it’s rational to be greedy or wanting for more but soon after it gets out of control and then there is a corrupted person who in order to change would have to step down from power and become a person who doesn’t control.
Nothing can really be done to prolong it or avoid it, if you take a corrupt person in power and replace with a fair and just person, sooner or

later they also will become swallowed in corruption.

In the Shakespearean tragedy, "Macbeth", there are many examples of corruption. When Macbeth became Thane of Cordor, his wife, Lady Macbeth, was very delighted to hear of such news. And upon hearing that Macbeth had been visited by witches who saw Macbeth as king, she used every last resort to thrust her husband into power, by use of murder (of the king), blackmail and fraud. This is a perfect example of corruption, because as soon as she felt the tingle of power, she was lusting for more.

As the play carries on the corruption becomes greater with the murder of Banquo. Banquo who was a companion of Macbeth, is betrayed when Macbeth, the new king, orders for Banquo to be killed for the sole reason that Banquo had a son named Fleance, who Macbeth believed would take the throne away from him,
“To make them kings, the seeds of Banquo kings!" This of course arouses suspicions in the realm, but it spirals out of hand as Macbeth had gone crazy from the guilt of murder as had Lady Macbeth.

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