The Theme of Power in Shakespeare’s Macbeth

In Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” there are many themes that are still relatable to today’s society. The way Humanity acts has not changed much since Macbeth was written. No matter how much time goes by people will still have the same feelings and actions as they did back then. Common similarities are greed, jealousy, and violence. These can be found in Macbeth and amongst people in today’s society.

In Macbeth greed is shown throughout the whole play. Macbeth was the Thane of Glamis and the general of the army. But that didn’t seem enough for him with all the power he had he still wanted more. He was thriving for the throne and it wasn’t just him showing greed for the throne but his wife Lady Macbeth was also thriving for it. “Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be What thou art promised. Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way” (1.5.15-20). They are getting so greedy they are willing to commit murder to get more power. Greed is still in today’s society where people are never happy with what they have and want more. There are many examples of it in today’s society such as people being so greedy were they go out of there way to steal from others. Another source of greed today is people that gamble because they can win once and get greedy and keep on doing it to the point where they lose everything. Greed is still in today’s everyday life just like it was in Macbeth.

Violence is a common occurrence in today’s society and in Macbeth there were many acts of violence that took place. The book starts with a battle and contains deaths of men, women, and children. In today’s society, you will see wars and men, women, and children dying some things never change. You will also see the murders, and assassinations take place all things you can see in today’s society. It shows how we never learned from Macbeth’s society to stop the violence.

If we look at everyday occurrences in today’s life you can see many similarities to Macbeth. Macbeth was a very brutal book but at the same time, it has a lot of things in common to today’s life. We both show the same emotions and act the same because that’s just what human nature does. Macbeth and modern society share natural human traits and similar actions.

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