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Abuse of Power

By Mac King ENG3U1 Rm. 179 Ms. Dawson


Nobody is above the law. Mattiece is a rich and powerful oil tycoon from south

Louisiana. Macbeth is the leading general in Duncan’s army in the play Macbeth. Both Mattiece and Macbeth are very important figures in their own society. Both of these men share money, power, and fame. These two men share many of the same characteristics, they are both lawless, anarchists, and stone cold killers. Macbeth committed regicide to usurp his king’s crown because of his guilt. Mattiece committed murder and bribery to keep his secret safe, a secret that would ruin him financially. Both men are powerful, unruly, disordered criminals. Mattiece from Grisham’s The Pelican Brief and Macbeth from Shakespeare’s Macbeth reveal the consequences of excessive power through their common experiences of unjust acquisitions of power, their unjust ability to keep that power, and how it will ultimately lead to their downfall.


Mattiece’s unjust acquisition of power began in two places. Mattiece’s power

operates under the influence of Mattiece’s money. “He did the sprinkling act and obtained official permission to gouge his way through the delicate marshes and cypress swamps” (Chapter 29, p285). Money, in this case, is Mattiece’s power. Mattiece’s power not only gains him command, but it also gains him respect in certain circles. Mattiece is a self made billionaire who is behind the murders of two Supreme Court Justices, Rosenberg and Jensen. He hires a high paid assassin to commit the murders because they are the two judges blocking his path to making more money. Mattiece has the other Supreme Court Justices in his pocket. “He spent big bucks on democrats, locally and nationally”(Chapter 29, p292). Mattiece, and his team of evil corporate lawyers are bribing the political-big shots. Mattiece is using money to get what he wants. Mattiece’s

money is his power over the population. Mattiece believes that because he has money, or power, that he is above the law. He will soon find out however, that no one is above the law


In the play Macbeth, the main character- Macbeth, also has an unjust acquisition

of power. Macbeth is a man with ambition, but his wife feels he doesn’t have the evilness to go with greatness. “Thou wouldst be great, Art not without ambition, but without The illness should attend it” (1,5,17-19), In the play the “evil” piece of his character develops. He is associated with the witches and when he learns that they believe he will be king, he allows his desires to overcome his morals. “I have done the deed”(2,2,14) Macbeth has just murdered Duncan. Macbeth acquires his status of kingship by killing his king. Regicide is the most unjust crime that Macbeth could have possibly committed in order to gain his crown-ship. Macbeth’s tyranny as king has just begun. Macbeth commits regicide because he is disloyal and greedy. He believes that if the king is dead, then Macbeth will be the new king. The fact that Macbeth loses all of his moral ethics on the slight chance that he could be king by killing Duncan shows that he is a risk-taking unjust human being with no scruples.


Macbeth continues on with his unjust ability to keep that power. Upon being given

the title of kingship, Macbeth is stricken with guilt for killing his king. “I am in blood stepp'd in so far that, should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o'er”(III, IV, 135-137). This reveals that Macbeth feels he is now too far gone to quit. He feels it is pointless for him to stop, and so, he continues killing people. He kills the people that are

suspicious of him, thus ensuring his safety. “it is concluded. Banquo, thy soul’s flight, if it to find heaven, must find it tonight”(III, II 143-144). Macbeth has just ordered Banquo, his best friend killed. Macbeth kills Banquo because Macbeth and him both know that Macbeth killed the king. The only reason why Macbeth is able to kill so many...
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