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Power Authority and Corruption in Macbeth Authority poisons everybody who takes authority on himself Leninthis 271 this quotation applies to Shakespeares Macbeth In the play Macbeth commits regicide the most heinous of all crimes in Elizabethan times in order to become king himself However during his rule Macbeth demonstrates that he is incapable of mastering the power and qualities of being a king His drive for power and maintaining his power is the source of his downfall Macbeths obsession with power fuels him to his mental deterioration He 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 called a valiant cousin and a worthy gentleman Macbeth I ii l 25 p13 He was labeled brave Macbeth Macbeth I ii l 18 p13 for his actions in battle During a conversation between Duncan and a soldier the soldier describes how Macbeth brutally slew the rebel Macdonwald Disdaining fortune with his brandished steel Which smoked with bloody execution Like valours minion carved out his passage Till he unseamed him from the nave to th chops And fixed his head upon our battlements Macbeth I ii l 17-23 p13 In his speech the soldier describes Macbeths violence to indicate qualities as a good warrior thus showing that he has respect for Macbeth There can be no doubt that Macbeth had entertained the possibility of being King some day My thought whose murder yet is but fantastical Macbeth I iii l 149 p29 His success in battle would serve to intensify his ambitious hunger for power 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
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