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Power Is The Paradox People have a hard time getting what they want in fact the things they want can be incompatible with each other In Shakespeares Macbeth the protagonist is lured to murder the king Duncan by the desire for power an appetite honed by witchs prophecies and his wifes encouragement But when he reaches the kingship he finds himself insecure He attempts to remove threats that decrease his security including his companion Banquo and his son Fleance predicted to be king His lords grow angry and revolt successfully after witches lure Macbeth into a false sense of security by further foretelling In Macbeth we see that despite appearances of contradiction mans goals of comfort and power are forever opposed in increment though the two may decline together The power from knowledge causes discomfort As often has been said ignorance is bliss After Macbeth is promised the throne Banquo asks why Macbeth is less than ecstatic Good sir why do you start and seem to fear Things that do sound so fair Act I Scene 3 Macbeths new knowledge makes him uncomfortable as he realizes the implications His first thoughts considering murdering Duncan appear and he is scared After he commits the murder Macbeth says To know my deed twere best not know myself Act II Scene 2 Knowing that has committed such a vile act makes him uncomfortable It will be difficult to act innocent and to deal with his guilt When he later decides to murder Banquo and Fleance he tells his wife Be innocent of the knowledge dearest chuck Till thou applaud the deed Act III Scene 2 Hecate sets Macbeth up for his final fall The security provided by the second set of predictions is only short-lived Feeling there is no threat to his power Macbeth acts wildly bringing his downfall and loss of both comfort and security The problem with
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