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Lust For Power Essay

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When one gains power, it can result in the loss of their humanity. The play Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, shows this as one of the play’s major themes. Characters from the play that seem to show this theme is Macbeth, the three witches, and Lady Macbeth. The lust for power will corrupt anyone who tries to attain anymore of it.
Macbeth plays the largest role in this theme. Once Macbeth learned that there was a chance in gaining power, he hatched a thought. Nothing but his ambition and the encouragement from Lady Macbeth sets him off. This drove him towards murder to get the position of King of Scotland. Once he had the power, he did everything he could to protect his diadem. He ...view middle of the document...

The last two lines is giving irony, they think they are morally superior to Macbeth. In some ways they are correct, but they are the instigators. They doomed Macbeth once they told him the prophecy. This shows how the Wëird Sisters have as much human in them as their familiars.
Lady Macbeth plays the third largest role in this theme. After reading the letter her husband had sent, Lady Macbeth is immediately on board with the idea of getting rid of King Duncan. She prays to the spirits to give her manly strength to be able to do this act. Not only is she on board with this idea, but she is also convincing Macbeth that it’s okay and he should go through with the plan. Lady Macbeth is the one who puts Macbeth into action because the only motivation he had was his ambition and she convinced him. She convinces him by bringing him down and making him feel guilty. “To be the same in thine own act and valor/ As thou art in desire?” (1.7.44-45). She is accusing him of being a coward. Another thing that caused her to lose some more of her humanity is her un-guilty conscience after the murder of Duncan. Towards the end of the play Lady Macbeth commits suicide because her life was unhappy and filled with...

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