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Macbeth - Power Assignment

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Macbeth - Power Assignment Act I In Act I, King Duncan is at the top of the chart of power, because he has the most power being the king of Scotland, he is a good and kind king, which holds legitimate and referent power. In Act I, Scene 2, he announces his eldest son, Malcolm, as heir to the throne, after the traitor, Macdonwald is captured. During the battle to defeat the Thane of Cawdor, a traitor to Scotland, we are introduced to Macbeth, a general in Duncan's army, which holds the next highest power; he is the Thane of Glamis and also Duncan's cousin. He is fighting along side his friend, another general in Duncan's army, Banquo. After the fighting, the Weird Sisters decide to pay Macbeth and Banquo a visit and tell them that Macbeth will soon become the Thane of Cawdor, and then King. They also tell Banquo that his sons will become king. Therefore, the Weird Sisters hold information power over Macbeth and Banquo. ...read more.


Another thing that she had done to show that she was more powerful in the relationship was stopping Macbeth from speaking. He was saying, "If we should fail-" and she stops him by saying "But screw your courage to the sticking-place." During this act Macbeth is an indecisive character and still has some human kindness, moral, and loyalty to King Duncan. Like Lady Macbeth said, "...yet I fear thy nature. It is too full of the milk of human kindness..." (Act I, Scene 5) Act II In Act II, most of the power between characters have changed and shifted around. At the top of the chart are Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, because in the beginning of this act Macbeth still can't decide whether to kill Duncan or not, and then he sees a dagger floating towards his hand and thinks he's hallucinating, after seeing it and making a speech, he decides that he's going to kill Duncan after all. Lady Macbeth on the other hand, has gone a little soft, she said that she was going to kill Duncan herself, but when she saw him, he reminded her of her father and she couldn't go through with it. ...read more.


After Ross finds out about the news, is talking with an old man, his friend. They mention that Duncan's horses became wild and ate each other, and an owl hunting mice attacked and killed a falcon, and the entire day was dark as night. The old man and Ross are exchanging important information, concerning the disruption of Elizabethan Chain of Being. Later Macduff comes and says that he is going to Fife and Ross announces that he is going to Scone. Later in Act III, you will see Macbeth crowned as king and Banquo says, "Thou hast it now: King, Cawdor, Glamis, all, as the weird women promis'd." This shows that Banquo remembered the predictions that the Weird Sisters had made. Macbeth also remembers one of the predictions they had made was that Banquo's children becoming King after Macbeth. Since Macbeth feels that this must not happen, he hires murderers to kill Banquo and his son Fleance. He does this behind Lady Macbeth's back, which shows that they are no longer a united pair. They are actually now individuals, and Macbeth holds more power than Lady Macbeth now. ...read more.

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