Power is key

Author's Message

  • Power is the leading theme in Macbeth
  • There are many who strive for ultimate power
  • Power gets to your head easliy
  • Bad things can come to people that take advantage of their power.

Textual Examples

1. "Let not light see my black and deep desires" (Act 1 Scene 4)
This is explaining how Macbeth has the desire to kill Duncan. He strives for the throne and wants more power

2. " But to be safelty thus. Our fears in Banquo stick deep; and in his royalty of nature Reigns that which would be fear'd." (Act 3 Scene 1)

This is explaining how Macbeth fears Duncan because his children are prophesies to take the throne and Macbeth wants to keep the throne. Tries to save his power.

3. "Tell thee, Macduff was from his mother's womb untimely ripp'd." (Act 5 Scene 8)

This shows the power that Macduff now holds over Macbeth. Now he is able to kill him.

Shakespeare's Effectiveness

Shakespeare portrayed the theme of power very well. He incorporated a lot of uses of power such as nature, and also shown through characters as well.