How does Shakespeare explore the misuse of power in Macbeth?"when power is misused everyone suffers." How does Shakespeare explore the misuse of power in Macbeth?

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Macbeth and Lady Macbeth greatly abuse and misuse their power in the play. Because of the confidence that they both have in the witches prophecies, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth basically go on a killing spree to ensure that they maintain the new positions they have received. It starts with the killing of Duncan, and continues to snowball with the killings of Banquo and Macduff's family. Furthermore, the innocent are the ones that suffer the most. Macduff's family, Banquo, and Banquo's son (who they try and fail to kill) are all innocent parties caught in the crossfires. Duncan's soldiers are put to death because Macbeth and Lady Macbeth frame them for the murders, and his sons have to flee to keep from being killed themselves. Everyone in the play is directly impacted by the power-hungry Macbeth family, and everyone suffers from his ambitious rise to power. Truly, the misuse of power affects everyone in the play.