Macbeth’s Mistake Part 2

During Macbeth’s quest for power he makes many mistakes and I will focus on another one heretofore. In Robert Greene’s “The 48 Laws of Power”, the 20th law is, “do not commit to anyone.”
After Macbeth is named the Thane of Cawdor, he is won over concerning the Weird Sisters legitimacy, as the the first half of the prophesy has been fulfilled. Although he isn’t named immediate successor he is left hope of the throne as Duncan says the “honor(of succession)…shall shine on all deservers.” He then acknowledges the presence of his “black and deep desires.” Immediately following, Lady Macbeth receives his letter telling her “what greatness is promised thee.” He is committing his regal ascension to her hopes which henceforth she never backs down from. It is from this moment on that Macbeth becomes a puppet to her appetite for advancement. Macbeth makes the fatal mistake of committing himself to someone who happens to be his wife and one who plays the unconventional and overbearingly dominant and masculine role in the relationship. Someone who unfortunately is bereft of rationality and abundantly brimming in delusion-filled malice. Baltasar Gracian said, “Do not commit yourself to anybody or anything, for that is to be a slave, a slave to every man…Above all, keep yourself free of commitments and obligations; they are the device of another to get you into their power.” It is Lady Macbeth’s power over her husband that fosters his destruction, but the sad thing is that Macbeth gave it to her.

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