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The Corruption of Power

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Yash Diwan

on 16 January 2013

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Transcript of The Corruption of Power

The Roots of Corruption Over Confidence
or Superiority Complex Paranoia Consequences of Corruption Macbeth's Excessive Ambition The words that give Macbeth the most power, and certainly the most confidence are from the witches when they say “…none of a woman born shall harm Macbeth”. This gives Macbeth a huge amount of self-assurance and he becomes arrogant; he thinks he is invincible or superior to everyone else. The witches also play a part in his downfall when they say "Macbeth shall never vanquished be until Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill shall come against him". Something like this was thought to be impossible; the witches make Macbeth overconfident and give him the feeling of invincibility by telling him that he can only be harmed when a forest moves towards his castle. Macbeth says “Till Birnam wood remove to Dunsinane,I cannot taint with fear” proving that he thinks no one can harm him. Macbeth's excessive confidence and arrogance is clearly shown after he becomes King, he becomes even more bloodthirsty and is able to dispose of people without having to consult Lady Macbeth.

Macbeth's paranoia is shown when Banquo is murdered. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth and Banquo are very good friends. It is only when Macbeth hears “Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none” from the witches that he begins to doubt his friend's loyalty. He is told by the witches that he will be King. However, Macbeth’s children will not become Kings. As the king of Scotland, he orders the deaths of Banquo and his son; something which would have been unthinkable before he was the King. The Three Witches and their Prophecies The Corruption of Power
By: Yash Diwan Macbeth's Extra Motivation In Act One Scene 3, Macbeth meets the witches; from this moment in the play onwards Macbeth has a never ending lust for power. The witches predict that three events will happen, they predict he will be Thane of Glamis, then Thane of Cawdor but the last shocks him the most “all hail Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter” At first Macbeth seems confused, but when the first prediction becomes true, he decides to take matters into his own hands and murder the King. Macbeth would never have killed King Duncan if the first two predictions had not come true. As he gains a higher status in society, he becomes ravenous for more. His ambition is what leads him to his ultimate downfall. World Corruption Duncan has a lot of trust in Macbeth. At first Macbeth is horrified by the thought of murdering Duncan and the moral implications that go along with it. But Lady Macbeth changes Macbeth's perspectives and persuades him that killing the King is the right thing to do. Lady Macbeth has a strong influence on Macbeth’s actions and is partially responsible for his corruption. When they find out that Duncan is coming to stay with them for a night, they realise that it is the perfect opportunity to finish him. While discussing their options, Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth to “look like th’innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t”. She is telling Macbeth to make sure his intentions are discreet and to put on a warm and friendly appearance while she takes care of Duncan. Lady Macbeth says that she will deal with the King, however, when it comes to the murder, Duncan reminded her of her father and so she cannot kill him. In the end Macbeth sneaks into the King's chamber and has to kill him himself. This is a significant event in the play because Macbeth sums up the courage to kill someone who trusted him. After the murder of the king, people are merely removable obstacles standing between Macbeth and his ultimate goal. This shows that power has corrupted Macbeth and allowed him to murder another human. This scene is crucial because it is the beginning of Macbeth's demise. From the very first time Macbeth meets the witches, he feels that nothing is good enough for him. Macbeth's lust and paranoia are the reasons that King Duncan, Banquo, and MacDuff's family are killed. Because of the witches prophecy and the small push that Lady Macbeth gives him, Macbeth is completely corrupted and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Leadership is all about power and influence. Leaders use their power to get things done. There are two types of power that a leader has, socialized power and personalized power. Socialized power is power used to benefit others. We hope that our elected leaders have this sort of power and are concerned about the welfare of the citizens.
The other form of power is called personalized power, which is using power for personal gain. The obvious problem is when personalized power dominates and the leader gains, this is exactly what happens in Macbeth. Macbeth misuses his power and is corrupted by it. His lust and ambition get the best of him and lead to his eventual downfall. "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.'' "Macbeth, Macbeth, Macbeth: beware Macduff,
Beware the Thane of Fife. Dismiss me. Enough'' "Be bloody,bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn
The power of man, for none of woman born
Shall harm Macbeth'' "Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be until Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsanine Hill shall come against him''
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