Corruption is a vice usually used by people in power in pursuit of personal interest by expending public resources. Political power often bears corruption that lead to manipulation of people‘s morals to achieve a malicious goal. It is natural for people to crave for control and have more of it, which consequently leads them to commit fraud, and even hurt other people (Kesur 5559-5571). This essay will demonstrate how power make people corrupts as verified by characters in the play, Macbeth.
Macbeth, as the protagonist, is introduced as a humble and diligent army general in Duncan’s kingdom. When he first meets the three witches, they prophesied of him rising to greatness. That thought disturbed him after the victory over the enemy and subsequent reward as Thane of Cawdor. Thus, these events concurred with the prophecy of the witches, which spurs his urge of rising to power.
Macbeth wife, who is also greedy for power, talked him into killing Duncan in order to become the king. He gave in to the wife’s malicious desires, killed King Duncan, and succeeded him (Pilkington 1). When he assumed power, he senselessly murdered those he thought were threats to his kingship. By the end of the play, Macbeth was killed in vengeance and his wife committed suicide.
From Macbeth’s scenario, it is clear how power can ruin a person’s mind and character (Moreell 1). This is evidenced by how he rose to power and sustained it through the killing of supposed enemies in order to assert his authority.
In addition, Lady Macbeth’s urge for power culminated in her shameful death. However, prior to his death, King Duncan portrayed quality leadership by rewarding the success of his soldiers. This shows that it is not necessarily true that power is synonymous with corruption.
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Pilkington, Elaine. “Macbeth and The Nature of Evil”. Bard.org, 2015. Web. 17 Oct, 2015.