While taking place in two completely different worlds, MacBeth and 50 Cent share many common qualities. MacBeth was a man of ambition, likewise so is 50 Cent. Both 50 Cent and MacBeth have an overbearing ego so to speak, they both think they’re untouchable. They both do not sucumb to fear, they overcome it. They both have power complexes where they think they’re at a higher level than everybody else. It could be said that MacBeth and 50 Cent are almost the same person in different time periods, their perspective towards life and how to go about it are extremely similar.
In the song “Many Men” by 50 Cent, he talks about how his ambition drives him to where he is. He says “
I'm trying to be what I'm destined to be and niggaz trying to take my life away,
I put a hole in nigga for fucking with me”. He has the drive, and he’s willing to overcome any hurdles that come in the way. He has no fear of the repercussions because he knows he can get away with whatever he wants. Likewise, MacBeth has the same ambition. Hearing the witches tell him he would become the King, he becomes willing to do anything to get to his goal. At the end of Act 1 Scene 7, MacBeth says
“I am settled, and bend up. Each corporal agent to this terrible feat. Away, and mock the time with fairest show. False face must hide what the false heart doth know”. He’s ready to kill Duncan (the King) and tells his wife to show no hints as to what is about to happen. Despite his previous considerations as to whether he would be able to kill him or not, the ambition to be the King supersedes that and is what leads him to kill Duncan.
Both MacBeth and 50 Cent would do anything to get to their goal, as shown even including murder.
Another common characteristic of both MacBeth and 50 Cent is the power complex they both share. They both show throughout the play and song that they believe to be stronger than everybody else. 50 Cent towards the end claims to have a higher purpose of being, as he says “Now it's clear that I'm here, for a real reason 'cause he got hit like I got hit, but he ain't fucking breathing”. The other guy takes a bullet at the same place but he’s dead, 50 Cent is still alive. He even explicitly says “Have mercy on many men” in regards to the people who are after him. Even in light of the threat on his life, he hopes for somebody to have mercy on them because no matter what they do to him, something worse will happen to them. MacBeth takes his power as King to the point where he thinks he commands unnatural forces. “I will be satisfied. Deny me this, and an eternal curse fall on you! Let me know.” MacBeth says this in Act 4 Scene 1 in reference to the witches prophecy and how he must beware of MacDuff. He disregards their concern to be wary of MacDuff and hearing that he will not he harmed by a man born from a woman believes he is now impervious. So imperious that he dares to curse the witches who gave him the prophecy and allowed him to capitalize to get where he is. This shows how both MacBeth and 50 Cent do not care for the situation, they believe their power reigns over everybody else.
50 Cent and MacBeth share a lack of fear.
MacBeth said in Act 5 Scene 3, “ The spirits
that know the future have told me this: “Don’t be afraid, Macbeth. No man born from a woman
will ever defeat you.” So get out of here, disloyal thanes, and join the weak and decadent English! My mind and courage will never falter with doubt or shake with fear.” He was willing to throw away his army and let them even join the opposing side because his belief in the prophecy was so true it wiped away any sense of fear. He was not afraid because he thought he
could take out an army on his own, as evidently shown with him killing with great ease any opposition. 50 Cent in the same sense had no fear. He feels he is prepared for absolutely ...
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