Timeless Theme Present in "The Crucible" and in "Macbeth: the abuse of power

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One timeless theme found in many pieces of literature is the abuse of power. Many people who are in power, abuse their power, and commonly become corrupt or unjust due to the power. The essence of human nature is to crave power. Along with this craving of power in some humans is the corruptness and injustice when one comes into power or on one's path to achieving power. This is a timeless theme, as power and human nature have always existed in man's history. This theme may be observed in Macbeth, a play written by William Shakespeare in the early quarter of the 17th century and set in the 11th century. This can also be observed in The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller in the 20th century, and taking place in the 17th century.

In the beginning, Macbeth is a virtuous man, or at least interpreted as one by those who know him.

He has been thinking of power, but has not yet made any decision upon it, and it is really just a thought, a dream even, in the back of his head, which he seems to have no real intention of pursuing. One may see how Macbeth is virtuous when an injured Captain is coming back from the front, and tells Duncan and Malcolm about the battle:

"And Fortune, on his damnèd quarrel smiling, / Showed like a rebel's whore: but all 's to weak; / For brave Macbeth (well he deserves that name), / Disdaining Fortune, with his brandished steel, / Which smoke with bloody execution, / Like Valour's minion, carved out his passage, / Till he face the slave; Which ne'er shook hands, nor bade farewell to him, / Till he unseamed him from the nave to the chaps, / And fixed his head upon...