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Outline Thesis Through his complexity as a character Macbeth brings the drama to life and defines the innate evilness that results from the lust for power in William Shakespeares blood-filled tragedy Macbeth I The Character of Macbeth A Thirst for power 1 Success in battle 2 Witches prophesy B Rise to Power 1 Duncans murder a pressure by Lady Macbeth b Macbeths fear and struggle 2 Tyrannical reign C Macbeths decline 1 Banquos murder 2 Insomnia 3 Death of Macbeth D Character traits 1 Physical courage 2 Moral weakness 3 Determination 4 Soliloquies asides II Motif of Blood A Physical blood 1 In battle 2 In murder 3 On the hands of Macbeth B Visions of blood 1 Macbeths hallucinations 2 Lady Macbeths sleepwalking C Blood as a symbol 1 Evil 2 Murder 3 Reality III Struggle for Power A Macbeths yearning for power 1 Title of Thane 2 Murder of Duncan B Lady Macbeths need for power 1 Over light 2 Over her husband 3 Over herself C Power as a central theme Conclusion Throughout his gory tragedy William Shakespeare uses the complex character of Macbeth to draw emotional realities to the idea of ultimate power through violence In the continual fray of bloodshed both life-like and hallucinogenic Shakespeare is able to portray the dangers of attempting to control ones own destiny By the close of the play a central theme of the lust for power whether it be in the present or in the form of a legacy is identifiable and understandable No matter the time period and no matter the language William Shakespeares Macbeth is easily understood in the context of one short phrase--Macbeth the man the terror the power Macbeth the Man the Terror the Power Macbeth one of William Shakespeares most famous tragedies tells the tale of Macbeth a brave and fearful Scottish general who attempts to control his own destiny
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