Machiavelli pertaining to Macbeth Essay

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DanielВ WassermanВ

Ms. В HallВ

HonorsВ BritishВ LiteratureВ

15В DecemberВ 2014В

MacbethВ andВ MachiavelliВ

Shakespeare'sВ MacbethВ isВ aВ taleВ trueВ toВ theВ oldВ adage, В " powerВ corrupts, В andВ absoluteВ powerВ corruptsВ absolutely. " В ShakespeareВ isВ not, В however, В В theВ pioneerВ ofВ thisВ principle. В TheВ conceptsВ ofВ power, В corruption, В andВ otherВ concernsВ ofВ headsВ ofВ state, В wereВ laidВ outВ byВ 16thВ CenturyВ writerВ andВ politician, В NiccoloВ MachiavelliВ inВ hisВ mostВ wellВ knownВ work, В TheВ Prince. В ThroughoutВ historyВ manyВ haveВ oversimplifiedВ andВ extortedВ Machiavelli'sВ ideasВ aboutВ powerВ andВ leadershipВ inВ anВ attemptВ toВ createВ empiresВ andВ ruleВ almostВ alwaysВ atВ theВ expenseВ ofВ theВ peopleВ theyВ rule. В В

ThroughoutВ theВ playВ MacbethВ exhibitsВ theВ ambitionВ ofВ aВ MachiavellianВ character, В butВ oftenВ lacksВ theВ theВ formВ orВ anyВ kindВ ofВ rigidityВ thatВ wouldВ landВ himВ firmlyВ amongВ Machiavelli'sВ clearВ cutВ classificationsВ forВ powerВ figures. В StillВ itВ isВ clearВ basedВ onВ theВ plotВ andВ detailsВ ofВ MacbethВ thatВ ShakespeareВ wasВ influencedВ byВ MachiavelliВ inВ writingВ hisВ famousВ " ScottishВ play". В AsВ weВ readВ MacbethВ weВ seeВ theВ storyВ ofВ aВ man, В Macbeth, В filledВ withВ ambitionВ whoВ evenВ beginsВ theВ storyВ inВ aВ mindsetВ similarВ toВ thatВ ofВ aВ MachiavellianВ knight in shining armor. В inВ hisВ mostВ famousВ workВ MachiavelliВ citesВ aВ manВ namedВ AgathoclesВ

" Agathocles, В theВ Sicilian, В becameВ KingВ ofВ Syracuse, В notВ onlyВ fromВ aВ privateВ positionВ butВ fromВ aВ lowВ andВ abjectВ one. В ThisВ man, В theВ sonВ ofВ aВ potter, В throughВ allВ theВ changesВ inВ hisВ fortunes, В alwaysВ ledВ anВ infamousВ life, В nevertheless, В В heВ accompaniedВ hisВ

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infamiesВ withВ suchВ greatВ abilityВ ofВ mindВ andВ body, В that, В havingВ devotingВ himselfВ toВ theВ militaryВ profession, В heВ roseВ throughВ itsВ ranksВ toВ beВ PraetorВ ofВ Syracuse. " В (MachiavelliВ 49В­50)В

MacbethВ isВ aВ rulerВ ofВ whatВ MachiavelliВ wouldВ haveВ calledВ В " aВ principalityВ obtainedВ throughВ wickedness" В (MachiavelliВ 49)В MachiavelliВ believedВ thatВ В...

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