I need an event that parallels Macbeth's distrust for his citizens. Is there any news events that can be tied to this?
I'm writing an essay on important leadership qualities, using some out of Macbeth. The lines that show Macbeth's distrust for his country are in Act III Scene iv, 161-163.
At some level, Macbeth's distrust for his citizens comes out of a deeper angst which is tearing away at him. The act of murder to consolidate or gain power seems to be eating away at him, which is why Banquo's ghost appears to him when no one else can see the vision. The distrust of his citizens and need to go back to the witches for counsel arises out of the act which has caused great consternation. I would think that President Johnson might have been in a similar situation. As the war in Vietnam underwent massive escalation, and the political fallout was becoming more apparent towards the end of his term, he was doubting many around him and the the public, in general. Convinced that none of this would have been around had President Kennedy had lived, Johnson's frustration with those around him arose from the fundamental problem which was the war's escalation. The murder of Banquo and the increase in the war effort could have been the two acts to inspire a great deal of doubting and uncertainty in both Macbeth and President Johnson.
These lines bring Richard Nixon to my mind. As the white house tapes revealed, Nixon was a very paranoid man, never knowing whom to trust -- could he trust Colson? Could he trust Haldeman? He is often heard on the tapes asking one or another of his henchmen "Is he with us?" Like MacBeth, Nixon was acting out of guilt and fear - guilt over Watergate, which he knew was illegal, and fear that he would get caught, which he eventually did. I think you can create some good parallels between Nixon and MacBeth.
Would you like something REALLY current? (Like, within the last week or so?) A few of the political pundits on the cable news shows are suggesting that President Obama shows distrust of the citizens/country by asking for bipartisanship and yet dismissing all suggestions different from his own (in regards to big issues like health care and deficit reduction). Some are saying that he has trust only in himself and his administration: a selfishness that is evidenced by his dismissal of current republican ideas that rival the democratic ideas.