“Power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely”. When someone possesses control and authority over others, they become infected with evil and wicked behaviours which begin to dominate and destroy their minds. Like Hitler, Mussolini, and Saddam Hussein who all desired absolute power, Macbeth too was an example of this self destructing demeanour. Their “vaulting ambition” led to many unfortunate incidents which resulted in the death of innocent lives. People who believe that absolute power doesn’t corrupt absolutely are very mislead. Power is evil unless used appropriately.
When the protagonist Hitler began wiping out Jews in what is known to be the most appalling genocide, his callous actions were provoked by his malicious ambition for power. Perceived as a hero by many, Hitler was a very intelligent man. Unfortunately, his cruelty outweighed his intelligence. Similarly, Macbeth was initially referred to as a hero and a man of honour and bravery. “But it’s all too weak, for brave Macbeth” (Act I, Scene II). But once his “vaulting ambition” came into play, his character began to deteriorate as he, just like Hitler, unconsciously paved the way for his downfall. This portrays how power is corrupt and the evil effects of this attribute.
Mussolini, Prime Minister of Italy, was another dictator who followed Hitler’s footsteps to a rapid rise to power. He gained position as leader and used his power to his advantage. He may not have been crowned thane of Italy, but he tried to regain Italy for the prestige and power through extreme military measures. He became allies with Hitler in 1936-1939 during the Spanish Civil War. His biggest mistake, however, was the decision to enter World War II. He attempted conquering the world but failed to do so. On the same note, Macbeth also made the biggest mistake by committing the most horrid crime of all; he had Macduff’s family slaughtered.