The Tyrant in Macbeth

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A tyrant is someone who does not take equity into account. His decisions are primarily based on self-satisfaction, rather than the wellbeing of others. The protagonist Macbeth, whom Shakespeare describe to be a ‘valiant cousin’, has different phases of respectability, all molded by his inevitability of fate. As an audience we interpret and form an opinion though Shakespeare’s use of psychological audience manipulation. Throughout the beginning of the play we are lead to believe he is a ‘noble warrior’, a loyal man to his administrator whom represents that of divine, Duncan. His metamorphosis all began with the confrontation with the ‘wayward sisters’. This was an inevitable ‘accident of life’, which was to have serious repercussions on Macbeths future role, as ‘fair is foul and foul is fair’, implying that beneath every human is a potential to be either. Although the stories are based on tyrants and their ability to gain power and pride through the scarification of others, I believe that the authors also attempted to describe the tyrants need to feel praised and express passion and anger. Their determination of reaching what is most important to them, is the reason the two tyrants were able to reach absolute power, at different points in their command. Macbeth’s form of ruling was tyrannical in terms of how he reached the epitome of power that he achieved after killing king Duncan. His complete disregard for anything or anyone that influenced his life in a negative manner, lead him to kill his own men and friends, as a result he spent more time covering his tracks than running a successful kingdom. ‘But Banquo’s is safe?’ ‘…with twenty trenched gashes on his head; The least a dead to nature.’ This quote supports the state... ... middle of paper ... ...l the time’ In this quote, Squealer lies to the animals about Snowball, in order to gain control of their minds. Macbeth did not lay a very good foundation to cover his tracks and therefore, as a result, his kingdom and people rebelled against him. I think the authors had the intention of making tyrannical characters, however they wanted to express their tyrannical properties in unique forms in both stories. Orwell portrays a corrupt leadership as being the flow in revolution rather than the act of revolution itself. Whereas Shakespeare portrays corrupt leadership as being a rule of chaos. Both tyrants methods of delivering injustice are what makes them equally the same and at the same time as equally different. Macbeth and Napoleon should be respected, regardless of their tyrannical rule, as their ability to gain full power and control is remarkably admirable.
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