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Authority and Macbeth Authority poisons everybody who takes authority on himself Vladimir Ilyich Lenin this quote applies to the play Macbeth In the play Macbeth kills the respected King Duncan so that he can be king However during his rule Macbeth demonstrates that he is incapable of mastering the power and responsibilities of being a king His drive for power and maintaining his power is the source of his downfall Macbeth is not meant to have authority beyond Thane of Cawdor When Macbeth is king he does not use his authority judiciously Macbeths eventual demise is by virtue of his obsession for power and retaining his power Before he desired the power of being king Macbeth was a respected noble He was labeled brave Macbeth Act I scene ii line 16 for his actions in battle During a conversation between Duncan and the Captain the Captain describes how Macbeth brutally slew the rebel Macdonwald Disdaining fortune with his brandished steel Which smoked with bloody execution Till he unseamed him from the nave to th chops And fixed his head upon our battlements act I scene ii lines 17- 23 In his speech the Captain describes Macbeths violence to indicate what a good warrior he is thus showing that he has respect for Macbeth Once Macbeth became king he became overpowered with keeping his authority Macbeth realized that he was being used just so that Banquos sons can inherit the throne They hailed him father to a line of kings Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown And put a barren sceptre in my gripe Thence to be wrenched with an unlineal hand No son of mine succeeding act III scene 1 lines 60-64 Macbeth feeling this way convinces a pair of men to kill Banquo and his son Fleance By having Banquo and Fleance murdered Macbeth believes that
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