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Macbeth's Lust For Power In Shakespeare's Macbeth

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Just before the soliloquy in act 2 scene 1, Macbeth has doubts about Duncan’s murder. He says to himself that if the deed is to be done then it will have to be done quickly. (“If it were done when ‘tis done, then ‘twere well it were done quickly”.) Lady Macbeth then enters the scene and insists that Macbeth continues with Duncan’s murder for if not he is a coward. Macbeth is aware that it is an evil sin as he states “I dare do all that become a man.” This statement shows that Macbeth believes killing Duncan will make him nothing more than a beast. Lady Macbeth then undermines Macbeth by saying to him “Screw your courage to the sticking place”, it simply means that Macbeth should be as courageous as he could possibly be. Nevertheless Macbeth makes up his mind to go through with the terrible deed of killing his King and loyal friend Duncan.

In the soliloquy in act 2 scene 1, Macbeth is on his way to murder the noble King Duncan when he visualises before himself a dagger which he actually questions whether it is there or not. He knows that the dagger isn’t really there, but even so the image in his head shows the dagger (which just so happens to be the weapon he is planning to use in the murder) is guiding him towards Duncan’s murder. The quote “proceeding from the heat oppressed brain” which Macbeth tells himself, shows that he has been obsessively thinking about the murder of Duncan, his loyal companion and friend. “It is the bloody business which informs thus to mine eyes”, this quote shows that it is the thought of the bloody actions involved in killing the King which creates these forms of the dagger and of the gouts of blood seen by Macbeth’s eyes. “With Tarquin’s ravishing strides towards his design”, Tarquin was a famous rapist in Rome, and the primary meaning of the word ravish was to seize, carry away, violate. This is what Macbeth is planning to do to his “design” Duncan. The quote “while I threat he lives” fundamentally means that he has a strong want to kill Duncan now. Macbeth then hears the bell, which tells him that...

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