Romancing The Crown Essay

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Romancing the Crown An essay on Macbeth's Lust for Power By Jacob Rivers In Act I, Scene 1 of William Shakespeare's Macbeth, the witches foreshadow their protégé's coming power struggle in their chant "Fair is foul, and foul is fair/Hover through the fog and filthy air." It is Macbeth himself who will hover when he hears their prophecy and he will fulfill it by twisting everything that is foul into an illusion of fairness and that which is fair becomes utterly distasteful to him.When the Thane of Cawdor is found treasonous and Duncan's bestows the title on his beloved and noble warrior, Macbeth, the newly honored thane is pleased but unsatisfied because he knows he cannot quickly come to the throne as the witches promised him. Enter the Lady. She assures her husband that her passion will make up for his character that is "too full o' the milk of human kindness"¦". The lady that is so proclaimed fair turns foul and all but holds her husband's hands as he stabs their king.Macbeth's lust for power is whetted by his murder of Duncan. His ruminations remind him that Banquo is the one upon whom the witches bestowed the more settled prophecy: "thou shalt get kings"¦". In Macbeth's mind, he is given to believe that his bloodstained hands are thus only for the furtherance of Banquo's issue. Time to act and this time, without needing or involving his wife's assistance.In Shakespeare's fascination with conscience and the realm of spirits, Banquo's ghost visits Macbeth at a very inconvenient time. Celebrating his newfound power and influence, the king by default is horrified that his chair at the banquet table is taken...

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