Power In Shakespeare's Macbeth

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Power in Shakespeare's Macbeth People read books for many different reasons. It may be for the grace of a great hero or heroine, or a really great plot, or even because they love the author. One of the main reasons that people read books is because it's a reflection on human nature. We have a chance to look into another person's soul and see what they are feeling, recognize their nature. Each book that we read has an underlying theme that is carried through out the book. For Beowulf it was heroism, for Pride and Prejudice, status, for Candide optimism, and for Macbeth it was the role of power and ambition. In Macbeth, Macbeth is overcome by the want for power and ambition. He won't let anything stand in his way. In this essay, I will prove that by nature, man desires power, and will accomplish that goal by any means possible.

Both power and ambition are very scary, powerful ideas. In the dictionary, under power, it states that power is the great ability to do, act, or affect strongly; vigor; force; and strength. It is the ability to control others. There is no specific time when power originated. It goes back to the very beginning and the cavemen. Power has been around through wars, royalty, and more. It is not specific to one country. Power is everywhere whether it be the want for it, the lack of it, or the need of it. Everyone wants power but only some go to extreme measures to get it.

Power can change some one in a way that is incomprehensible. It can make some one so greedy that he will do anything for it and won't let anyone stand in his way. Power can corrupt. Power is something, if placed in the...