Power In Macbeth Essay

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Is power a necessity to be in control? Is control a negative or a positive? Macbeth is a comedy written by William Shakespeare about a man named Macbeth. Macbeth is told by a group of three witches that he will become King and is tragically overthrown due to a prophecy made by the three weird sisters. Throughout the comedy, power is shared my Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, and the three weird sisters. Only one of them is able to have the most control.
First, Macbeth holds power by using force to obtain it. The three weird sisters prophesies that he will become King and he takes actions into his own hands to do so. An example comes from act two stating “Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand….A dagger of mind, a false creation, proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?... Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell that summons thee to heaven, or to hell.” (2.2.33-64). Macbeth gains his power by killing Duncan. Once Duncan is dead, Macbeth becomes the new King of Dunsinane Hill and uses his power for evil throughout the rest of
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They begin with power and end with power and are the prime effect of everything that happens throughout the play. In the beginning of the play, the three weird sister foreshadow Macbeth’s future in act 1: “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis! All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor! All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!”(1.3.48-50). They tell Macbeth his future and this causes Macbeth to take action. They give him the information which makes him evil. Another example is when the three prophecies are made and fulfilled pertaining to Macbeth as being King. The prophecies state that Macbeth should beware of Macduff, he will not be murdered by a man born of woman, and he will not be overtaken until Birnam Woods moves to Dunsinane. These prophesies are fulfilled and Macbeth is killed by Macduff and Malcolm becomes