The Theme Of Corruption In "Macbeth".

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Corrupting influences.

Corruption can be defined as a negative force that affects individuals profoundly. An individual’s response to the struggle of corruption causes drastic impacts and outcomes that determine who you are as an individual. In the tragedy of Macbeth, the author, William Shakespeare, illustrates how a hero starts with a high virtue thane who gets praised and honored by the king and later deteriorates to a character  full of guilt and suffer as the play develops. Temptation and ambition can be seen as two significant sources of corruption, but we are the ultimate deciders to choose whether to satisfy those attractive appearances of temptation that might seem fair for us, or to listen to our conscience before we act. As a common saying goes “we are our own worst enemy,” assuming we have the power to destroy who we are or choose to live upon a blessing life.

In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, witches can be transformed in a form of temptation as their constant use of ambiguity in speeches with Macbeth misleads him to become obsessed of kingship. Witches predict that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor and later king. Macbeth’s evil ambition grows when he is appointed by the king Thane of Cawdor and later Malcolm is appointed the prince of Cumberland. He fantasizes the thoughts of murdering because he knows himself is getting further away from the kingship that he needs to act on his ambition to achieve power, for he says “ the Prince of Cumberland! That is a step on which I must fall down or else o’erleap, for in my way it lies.” The soliloquy implicitly depicts the negative effects of the prophecy on Macbeth’s mindset as he indulges in thoughts of murder in his mind. Macbeth has a free will to ignore what has been said by the witches, but he is unable to recognize the “instrument of darkness” as he assumes he will be the king and immediately fills himself malevolence to Malcolm in his mind.

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Macbeth is not only influenced by the prophecies of witches throughout the play, he is also being manipulated entirely by his power hungry wife, Lady Macbeth, who portrays a stronger ambition for Macbeth’s kingship than Macbeth himself. For instance, She calls upon the evil spirit to “unsex” her in hopes to obtain manliness that she needs to kill Duncan when she states “come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe top-full of direst cruelty.” She criticizes Macbeth by questioning his manhood and threatens him by violating her ...

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