Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s lust for power has caused them to make unforgivable decisions
the created despair and chaos in Scotland. In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, many
characters are driven by not just ambition but the lust for power. But none of the characters in the play
Macbeth can compare to Macbeth and Lady Macbeth has to gain power. These characters showed the
sin Gluttony. Gluttony is when you consume yourself with something so much you explode. In this case
it is power. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth would stop at nothing to gain power. Throughout the play
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s actions caused the tragic ending to both of them.
One of the main characters in Macbeth is Macbeth himself. In the beginning of the play he is
already a powerful man; being a victorious leader in King Duncan’s army however he lusts for even more
power. His troubles beings when he meets the three witches for the very first time. They predict that
Macbeth will become in even greater power. “All hail Macbeth, hall to thee, Thane of Glamis. All hail
Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor. All hail Macbeth that shalt be king hereafter.” (Act 1 Scene 3
Lines 46-48) King Duncan sent a message to Macbeth calling him Thane of Cawdor as the pervious
Thane of Cawdor was imprisoned on the charge of treason. He kills King Duncan to get the throne.
Banquo; Macbeth’s best friend suspects Macbeth has acquired the throne by foul play. Macbeth’s guilt
Begins to slowly eat away at him. Macbeth is frightened that Banquo will expose him. Macbeth hires
two murders to kill Banquo and his son. Fleance, Banquo’s son escapes before he is murdered.
Macbeth’s paranoia escalates. At a banquet Macbeth sees Banquo’s ghost. He is scared and goes to see
The 3 witches. While there they give him three apparitions. First: Macduff is coming back to Scotland to
ruin him. Second: no woman born man can hurt Macbeth. Lastly: that he will never vanquish unless
Great Birnam wood will come against him. Macbeth raids Macduff’s castle and kills all who is in it. He
Kills Lady Macduff, the servants and all of Lady Macduff and Macduff’s children. After slaughtering
All these people Macbeths way of thinking is starting to become messed up. “Time thou anticipatest my
dread exploits.” (Act 4 Scene 1 Lines 143-153) Macbeth has become consumed with the thought of
gaining power. His lust for power caused him to make unforgivable decisions making him hated
The second main character in Macbeth is Lady Macbeth. Lady make also struggles with her
Lust for power. She becomes greedy and unwilling to be satisfied with the amount of power she has
already gained. All she wants is more power. Lady Macbeth receives a letter from Macbeth telling
her about him encounter with the three witches and what they predicted. She realizes that if in fact
Macbeth become King of...