Corruption is something that is motivated by greed and deception. It’s a very sinister personality that controls and destroys people’s live and makes them the kind of person other people don’t want to associate with. When a person is in power, some situations occur when they can acquire anything, lying, bribing, coning, or stealing. With these in mind anybody in power could become a powerful foe.
The reason why corruption has become a problem is because it’s fair to become greedy for more. And soon it gets out of control and now you have a corrupted person who in order to change would have to step out of power and become a person who doesn’t control.
Nothing can really be done to sustain it or avoid it, if you take a corrupt person in power and replace a fair and just person. Sooner or later they also become corrupt. You just have to assume and hope the replacement will be a fair person.
In the tragedy “Macbeth” there are many examples of corruption. When Macbeth became Thane of Cowdor his wife, Lady Macbeth, was very delighted to hear of such news. And when hearing that Duncan, the king, would be coming to dinner at their castle, gave her an idea that maybe they need a new king, Macbeth! This is a perfect example of corruption, as soon as she became more powerful, she was lusting for more. As play carries on the corruption becomes greater with the killing of Banquo. Banquo who was a friend of Macbeth is betrayed when Macbeth, the new king, orders him to be killed only because Banquo has a son named Fleance that Macbeth stupidly believes will take the throne away from him, “To make them kings, the seeds of Banquo kings!” This of course gets the people suspicious, but now it’s too late, Macbeth had gone crazy as well as Lady Macbeth. Of course then when you’re in power sometimes you think nothing will happen that will hurt you in any way, that your safe in the confinement of your office or room. Of course this never works and there’s always some terrible thing bound to happen to you. And that’s exactly what happens to Macbeth.
All of this killing could’ve been avoided if Lady Macbeth hadn’t pushed Macbeth into killing Duncan in the first place, I believe it was all her fault, being Thane of Cowdor just wasn’t good enough she had to be the most powerful person in Scotland under the king, Macbeth. She was greedy for more.
What happens in the end was the death of Macbeth. He was brutally killed by Macduf, the commander in chief of the English army set out to retake Scotland. He was motivated by the killings of his family, in which Macbeth had killed.
There’s always that deception you make you believe everything is alright but that’s never true
When people come into a position of power where the definition of control becomes a new definition according to their point of view, they unleash a felling in their minds that whatever decision they make that directly conflicts the lives of other people, they don’t feel responsible. That’s when power corrupts the minds of people. People in power feel that they can do anything when their in power for a long period of time. Macbeth is a classic tale of greed and the corrupting influence of power.
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Power and corruption are some of the major themes presented in Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth. The story deals with these themes by showing us how Macbeth’s actions have grim consequences which ensue in poor results, such as Macbeth’s complete change of character. In one of the first few scenes of the play, the captain states for “brave Macbeth well he deserves that name”, showing us that Macbeth is loyal to the king for killing the villain. The captain’s statement also shows that he is a good and well respected soldier in Scotland.
Later, Macbeth & Banquo meet the witches which predict that Macbeth will become “ Thane of Cawdor and king hereafter”. When Macbeth “starts”, it reveals that he had already considered becoming king before, but did not take any action because he knew it was morally incorrect. However, after hearing the witches’ foretelling that he would become king, Macbeth develops an indecisive mind and is always internally conflicting against his conscience with doing what is right versus getting what he wants.
Also, Macbeth writes to Lady Macbeth telling her about the witches and their prophecies. Without any hesitation and with great confidence, Lady Macbeth immediately wants Macbeth to murder Duncan, but she fears that he is “too full of the milk of human kindness”. Even after talking to Lady Macbeth, Macbeth is still undecided about what he should do and he admits that his only motive for murdering Duncan is because of his “vaulting ambition” to become king.
Seeing this, Lady Macbeth manipulates Macbeth by calling him a coward and tells him that she would even kill her own child than back down on her word. After this, Macbeth decides that he will take the throne. But it is not entirely Lady Macbeth’s fault for convincing Macbeth to do so because in the end, it was entirely Macbeth’s own choice to follow his greed and ambition for power. The witches and Lady Macbeth simply played roles in stirring his ambition. When Macbeth successfully attains the throne, his mind is in a state of corruption.
Due to his fear and paranoia of people finding out that he was the culprit behind Duncan’s murder & also because of his excessive greed and ambition for power Macbeth decides to murder Banquo as Banquo is seen as a threat to keeping the throne (as the witches prophesized that Banquo’s sons will become king) going in his family and also because he knows too much about the witches. However, this time, Macbeth does not allow any time for his mind to think about what he is about to do. He acts impulsively and tries to block out his conscience.
Well, at least until he hears about the news that Fleance had managed to escape. Macbeth is now even more paranoid that he will not be able to keep the throne (as he is afraid the witches’ prophecy will come true) and is also plagued by his guilty conscience of committing countless murders, which is shown when Macbeth sees and talks to Banquo’s ghost. Macbeth’s change of character from a loyal and brave soldier to an impulsive and power hungry king is due to his greed and ambition for power.
Once he decided to follow his ambition and attains the throne, it changes him by corrupting his state of mind to something that is “full of scorpions”. Duncan’s murder led to a chain of other murders which further affected his guilty conscience because of his increasing paranoia of someone taking away his throne. In the end, Macbeth died alone, hated and as a tragic hero, he realizes that he had wasted his life. The play Macbeth shows us how power leads to corruptedness which in the end has fatal consequences.
Author: Kimber Trivett
Power and Corruption in Macbeth
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