The Importance Of Power In William Shakespeare's Macbeth

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In the renaissance era, the existence of witches is acknowledged and feared by most. Commonly recognized as evil beings, they administer prophecies to manipulate man and cause chaos. This type of predicament is exhibited in William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth. Shakespeare depicts the magnitude of power in the witches’ prophecy and its effects on various characters by challenging their moral outlook, intensifying ambitions and triggering a loss of self-control. The three weird women hold power over Banquo as the prophecy caused discrepancies with his moral compass. Banquo continues to struggle with his conscience as he starts to have doubts and nightmares concerning the prophecies. However, he remains loyal to King Duncan, unlike Macbeth.…show more content…
She induces Macbeth to kill Duncan and formulates a plan to ensure there are no shortcomings: “[...] his two chamberlains/Will I with wine and wassail so convince/ That memory, the warder of the brain/Shall be a fume” (1.7.63-66). Lady Macbeth is unbothered by the fact that she is condemning two innocent people for her own benefit. She is relieved of several moral principles and therefore, does not feel any grief for the acts she played part in. Lady Macbeth allows this to happen as her ambition conquers everything else in her…show more content…
This supremacy is seen incorporated through their disputes with conscience, lust for power and decline in stability. Banquo has his morals tested by the promise of greatness, whereas it is that promise that captives Lady Macbeth to obliterate her morals. Both she and Macbeth develop profound ambitions that gives them the courage to do whatever it is they need. Lastly, as they gain the desirable power over Dunsinane, they lose all power of themselves in their lives. Shakespeare administers the lesson of appreciation and the precariousness of

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