In Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, the protagonist and his wife, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, truly show what power means.
This can be seen when Lady Macbeth gets word of Duncan’s arrival and commands for Macbeth to assassinate him, as if she is already in power giving orders. Although, Lady Macbeth does become rather irritated when she senses Macbeth’s hesitation and doubts about how determined he is about his ambitions.In Act 1, Scene 6, line 63, “Like the innocent flower, but the serpent under’t”. (Shakespeare) – Lady Macbeth. When Lady Macbeth says this, she refers to as to her home/castle is disguised as a safe and beautiful place, but under/behind the truth, is a murderer.
After Macbeth is crowned king, he hires three murderers to kill Banquo and his son, Fleance, as insurance to make sure that he holds the power of being king.Macbeth is rushing back and forth considering if he should kill his friend, kill his king. In Act 2, Scene 1, lines 33-60, “Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand… Hear not my steps, which way they walk, for fear thy very stones prate of my whereabout… Whiles I threat, he lives.” (Shakespeare) – MacbethAs Macbeth is deliberating, between the pros and cons (of the murder), he sees a soaring dagger. Macbeth strides back in shock, then cautiously approaches it, holding it in stab-like position.
As soon as he clutched the dagger, echoing voices in his mind calling “murderer” became increasingly strident.Act 5, Scene 5 is an important stage in the play, not only because Lady Macbeth dies, but also because Macbeth has changed (in personality) from previously in the play. At first, Macbeth was vicious and a skilled leader in combat, and once he heard his future, (witches prophecies) he became power-hungry, and now as Macbeth says in Act 5, Scene 5, line 8, “I have forgotten the taste of fears” (Shakespeare), showing that through the witches temptation not only is Macbeth destroyed, but the the kingdom is as well.