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A Modern Macbeth When looking back on the recent decades or even last week it is not difficult to find a Macbeth-like figure in mainstream American culture In this it is meant that these individuals experience a downfall in an attempt to gain power One such figure was former President Richard Nixon Nixon was long associated with American politics before his fall from grace He was along time senator before finally being elected president in 1968 During his first term his United States went through the Vietnam War and a period of economic inflation In 1972 he was easily re-elected over Democrat nominee George McGovern Almost unnoticed during his campaign was the arrest of five men connected with Nixons re-election committee They had broken into the Democrats national head quarters in the Watergate apartment complex in Washington DC They attempted to steal documents and place wire taps on the telephones By March of 1973 through a federal inquiry it had been brought to light that the burglars had connections with high government officials and Nixons closest aids Despite Nixon and his lawyers best efforts it was shown that the president had participated in the Watergate cover-up On August 8 1974 Nixon announced without admitting guilt that he would resign He left the Oval Office the next day an obvious fall from grace So how does this former leader of the free world compare to Macbeth Before they achieved their positions of power to govern or rule all both Nixon and Macbeth spent many years being heavily respected amongst their peers Nixon spent many years as a respected congressman and Macbeth as a soldier and Thane of Glamis They used the way people viewed them to their advantage to gain a position of power Nixon used his experience to get him elected president Macbeth was made Thane of Cawdor and eventually king Once they both ascended to their respected roles they did whatever it took
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