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Corruption of power was a very evident theme in both Emperor Jones and Macbeth In both plays the main character was corrupted for different reasons However many similarities lie within the storyline which contributed to the downfall of both Jones and Macbeth In both plays each character began as common Jones was even portrayed to be a criminal at one point in his life They were brought to power by different reasons Jones reason was his deception towards his people and Macbeths position was appointed to him Both of these men continued to strive for absolute power Their selfish and ambitious nature drove them to be power-hungry This became the tragic flaw in their character In both plays the leader realizes that his time as ruler may soon come to and end when the people of the story revolt against him This did not have as much effect on either of the men because of the fantasy that had been created by their own minds Jones believed that he can not be killed unless it is of a silver bullet Macbeth believed that he can not be killed unless it is by one not born of woman Having absolute power had led these men to think that they were immortal and invincible However as the story progresses we are shown that they are not immortal Another similarity which occured were the apparitions which appeared to Jones and Macbeth when they were each alone These apparitions caused the men to progress further into their downfall from power Jones slowly shrinks back to where he has started from which is symbolized by the loss of clothing after each vision is witnessed Macbeth became more eager to gain success after each of his visions were sighted This is where there are differences in the reactions of the men After each apparition Jones became more vulnerable and emotional The visions that he encounteeds reminded him where he once was
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