In the tragedy “Macbeth” there are many examples of corruption. When Macbeth became Thane of Cawdor 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 the 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 Cawdor 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 Macduff, the commander in chief of the English army set out to retake Scotland. He was motivated by the killings of his family, 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 feeling in their minds that whatever decision they make that directly conflicts with 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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William Anderson (Schoolworkhelper Editorial Team)
William completed his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in 2013. He current serves as a lecturer, tutor and freelance writer. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, walking his dog and parasailing. Article last reviewed: 2022 | St. Rosemary Institution © 2010-2024 | Creative Commons 4.0

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