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In Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, when one character has too much power it changes their perspective of others and the world. Macbeth’s attainment of power alters his perspective of Banquo, Macduff and the chaos that Scotland is going through.
Even though Macbeth claims his spot on the throne by killing Duncan. He still feels discomforted because he senses that Banquo already knows too much about his connections with the murders. Banquo begins to Have a hunch towards Macbeth and suspects that Macbeth is up to no good.
Banquo says, “Thou play’dst most foully for’t: yet it was said /It should not stand in thy posterity” (lll.i). Banquo now sees that the power Macbeth has obtained from being king is getting to his head and is making Macbeth not play fair. Macbeth then begins to see Banquo as a threat because the weird sisters had informed both Macbeth and Banquo that Banquo’s sons have prophecies to soon become kings.
Our fears in Banquo
Stick deep; and in his royalty of nature
Reigns that which would be fear’d: ’tis much he dares;
And, to that dauntless temper of his mind,
He hath a wisdom that doth guide his valour
To act in safety. There is none but he
Whose being I do fear. (lll.i)
Macbeth trembles before the idea that his power will be taken over and he will no longer rule the throne. He wants to get rid of Banquo to prevent him from trying anything that will act against him being king.
Macbeth decides to act upon his suspicions and sends murderers to kill Banquo. He also sends them to kill Banquo’s son Fleance as well to protect his chances of staying king. Macbeth was able to lie and convince the men of the wrongdoings Banquo has committed towards them to be sure that they will go through with the murder.Macbeth is feeling unsure about his position as king so he decides to visit the weird sisters for the second time to get reassurance that his spot is all set in stone, and that no one else can come in and take it away from him. Macbeth goes in and demands for the weird sisters to foretell his future. They do as told and then the apparitions come in. The First Apparition informs Macbeth, “Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! beware Macduff; Beware the thane of Fife” (lV.i). From there on Macbeth realizes that his suspicions are correct, and he now sees Macduff as a potential threat. After the meeting with the weird sisters Macbeth learns that Macduff has fled to England to discuss with Malcolm, he soon decides to act upon what he has been recently informed of. He orders murders to go to Fife to kill Macduff’s family. Macbeth says, “The castle of Macduff I will surprise;/Seize upon Fife; give to the edge o’ the sword/His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls” (lV.i). Macbeth does not hesitate to get rid of anyone that gets in his way, his power, and throne are much too important to him. No one is to come in and stand in his way.
Scotland has been put in a very vulnerable position ever since Macbeth had taken over as king. Macbeth abuses his power as king to commit inhumane crimes. People all over Scotland begin to realize this and consider Macbeth as a tyrant. Macduff says,
O nation miserable,
With an untitled tyrant bloody-scepter’d,
When shalt thou see thy wholesome days again,
Since that the truest issue of thy throne
By his own interdiction stands accursed. (lV.iii)
The realization that Macbeth is not fit to be king is very clear to everyone. Macbeth has become a monster who does not care about the well-being on his country and his people around him, he is blindsided by all the power. When Macbeth killed Duncan it was the start of a slippery slope. He disrupts the natural order through regicide and claims the throne for himself. With all the power Macbeth has acquired he spreads disorder throughout the whole country with his ruthless actions. Macbeth was once known as a man of which whom you can trust; however since he gained all the power he wasn’t the same person Scotland once knew and honored. Malcolm says, “This tyrant, whose sole name blisters our tongues, /Was once thought honest: you have loved him well” (lV.iii). Macbeth was corrupted by power and was easily swayed that everyone around him was against him leading him to brutally killing people off just to secure his throne.
In Macbeth by William Shakespeare the more power Macbeth acquires the more he sinks deeper into insanity. He is willing to do anything to secure his spot on the throne from what he so calls threats like Banquo, Macduff and all the madness taking place in Scotland.
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