Macbeth: Ambition Gone Wrong
It’s good to have ambition, as it’s the foundation of a successful life. Ambition means to have strong desire towards achieving something. Because of this, it’s true that one without ambition will struggle, however sometimes, our own ambitions and desires can change us for the negative. Ambition in its nature can tempt obsessive behaviour, which has a destructive nature of its own. When an ambition purely of passion turns into obsession, it ultimately forces one to only focus on that and do anything to achieve that goal. Shakespeare’s Macbeth is the perfect example of where the theme of obsessive ambition is prevalent. Shakespeare through the protagonist Macbeth conveys how our own desires, if obsessive has a both corrupting and blinding power of its own, ultimately changing things for the worse and destroying everything. Macbeth, as a result of his obsessive quest for power, corrupts his own judgement and motivates him towards immoral actions. It also blinds him because he becomes very self-centered and begins to ignore Lady Macbeth, destroying his own marriage. Macbeth follows the tragic life of a soldier who is very dedicated and loyal, but does the wrong things when he meets 3 witches that prophesize that he will become a powerful king one day. Macbeth in the play kills so many people because his obsessive ambitions is so corruptive, it takes control of his actions, fueling his many immoral actions. To begin with, when Macbeth hears the prophecies, he is introduced to the idea that he will become king one day. Stunned and baffled, he tells his wife about the prophecy. She tells Macbeth that in order for this prophecy to come true, Duncan, the king must be killed. Initially, Macbeth is very reluctant and hesitant to consider because he isn’t inclined to committing immoral deeds and being violent for a selfish reason. In his mind, he is thinking, I have no spur, to prick the sides of my intent, but only...
...most people do not deserve to suffer through. In William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, Macbeth is victimized in a variety of ways due to his surroundings which purloin his real character. Lady Macbeth’s uncontrolledambition takes a turn for the worse on Macbeth, as she pressures him to murder the king. However, it all started from the witches’ prophecies that put the thought through Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s head that Macbeth could potentially become the next king. This thought expanded Lady Macbeth’s gender giving her freakish manly ambition triggering her to take over her husband. It is through Macbeth’s destiny, Lady Macbeth’s uncontrolledambitions, and the influence of power that victimized Macbeth forcing him to murder former acquaintances, and altered him into a hated man by the end of the play.
The witches’ prophecies decided Macbeth’s destiny, leading to negative ambition. The witches’ victimize Macbeth by putting thoughts into his head that he will be next on the throne. After rumors of Macbeth being the next Thane of Cawdor, the witches’ present a new prediction, ”All hail Macbeth, that shall be king hereafter”(Shakespeare1.3.48). All the witches’ prophecies that were put forward to Macbeth did indeed end up becoming factual; therefore he...
Ambition in Macbeth
An ambition is an eager or strong desire to achieve something, such as fame or power. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, ambition is presented throughout the play as a dangerous quality that influences the two main characters, Macbeth and his wife Lady Macbeth, to use violence in their pursuit for power. Macbeth is a brave and loyal Scottish general, who is not naturally likely to carry out malicious acts. However Macbeth is driven by evil thoughts when three witches prophesized that he will become thane of Cawdor and then King of Scotland. To the contrary, Lady Macbeth is a woman of great determination who desires for power and position. By using her skills of persuasion to awaken her husband’s ambition, Lady Macbeth succeeds in convincing Macbeth to kill King Duncan. Therefore the prophecy and Lady Macbeth act as the main driving forces of ambition which eventually causes the deterioration of both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth herself.
At the beginning of the play Macbeth is portrayed as a reasonable and moral human being. His ambition entailed good intentions because he was fighting for his king and country, not for his own selfish motives. However that is soon to...
...Ambition is often the driving force in one’s life. It can have an extremely dominant impact on not only yourself, but also many people in your surroundings. You have the ability to control if the outcomes either have a lasting negative or positive effect. When a goal requires determination and hard work to complete, personal morals often take a back seat to the aspiration of accomplishing the goal. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, it is clear that like many other great leaders, Macbeth exemplifies the necessary leadership virtue of ambition. Macbeth’s ambition does not just drive him to do great things. It in fact controls him. The playwright explores the idea of how an individual’s ambition can cause them to deceive others, make irrational decisions, and cause internal turmoil.
Ambition, along with the influence of his wife, Lady Macbeth, causes Macbeth to deceive his peers in order to attain position as king. The first time the reader sees Macbeth’s ambition causing him to be deceitful, is when him and his wife invite the current King of Scotland into their home for a dinner, with the soul intent of killing him. After receiving news of Macbeth’s new honor, she holds greater ambitions for Macbeth and pushes him to the edge to achieve the personal goals that she has set for him. To achieve the main goal of...
...Ambition in Macbeth
In Macbeth, a play set in Scotland, William Shakespeare wrote a tragedy of a man’s ambition. In the play, Macbeth is described as a man who has ambitions of becoming king. After the first part of the prophecy by the witches whom he has met returning from battle comes true, he begins to think the second part may also come true, “supernatural soliciting cannot be ill, cannot be good.” The witches have predicted that Macbeth would first become Thane of Cawdor and then king of Scotland. Encouraged by his wife, Lady Macbeth, he murders King Duncan who stays as a guest in his castle. Macbeth then becomes king of Scotland.
According to his critical essay on Macbeth, “Shakespeare and the Hazards of Ambition,” Robert N. Watson comments that ambition becomes the enemy of all life, especially that of the ambitious man himself, in this play. In Macbeth, Shakespeare interprets a man’s lifelong ambition that seems to be fulfilled, but causes consequences that his mind cannot handle. Macbeth’s desire to gain wealth and status completely overpowers him. Macbeth becomes more ambitious as his wife and the witches make him question himself and his desires. Lady Macbeth is the...
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Macbeth: Close Reading Essay
Ambition is a strong feeling of wanting to be successful in achieving a goal (Encarta Dictionary). An example of an ambition is in the play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare. The main character, Macbeth is described as “not without ambition,” (Shakespeare, 1.5. 19) to become the king. Therefore, he has the drive, and he desires for the success of becoming the king. However, by achieving his goal and satisfying his ambition, the character’s soul and characteristics are gradually corrupted. As Macbeth satisfies his goal, he will change from being a kind natured person to someone who is ill. He will lose his honesty. He will also lose his holiness and begin to become evil. In Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, the theme, satisfying one’s ambition can lead to corruption of the soul, is demonstrated in Act 1, Scene 5, lines 15 – 33 through metaphor, alliteration, and connotation.
The theme of satisfaction of one’s ambition leading to corruption is present in Act 1, Scene 5, lines 15-33 and can be seen through the use of metaphor. The author uses a metaphor to describe him as “full o’ th’ milk of human kindness,” (Shakespeare, 1.5.17). He compares Macbeth’s kindness to “full o’ th’ milk”. This implies that Macbeth is the most kind,...
...Shakespeare’s Macbeth, uncontrolledambition is partly to blame for Macbeth’s downfall. Macbeth degenerates from a powerful and respectable general to a desperate and insecure tyrant. His ambition leads him through regicide, the subsequent killing of his rivals and ultimately proves detrimental to his reign. His ambition was exploited by Lady Macbeth’s crafty personality and her sexual taunting ofMacbeth. The supernatural forces, represented by the Witches, played an integral part in deceiving Macbeth with their misleading prophecies and implanting a false sense of security in Macbeth’s kingship.
Macbeth was seen as a brave and honourable warrior in the eyes of King Duncan. His fame on the battlefield won him great honour from the king, but his growing ambitions and his desire for power plays a major role in the way he commits the most heinous acts. His first ambitions are shown when Macbeth mentions that Malcolm’s ascendency to the throne is a step ‘On which I must fall down, or else o’erleap.’ Since the murder of Duncan, Macbeth experiences a growing sense of vulnerability and threat to his throne, telling his wife that ‘Macbeth shall sleep no more!’ Once Macbeth has had a taste of power, he seems unable and unwilling to stop killing in order to secure his...
...Representations of ambition within Macbeth
Within Macbeth, there are numerous representations of human values and conflicts, including duty vs. desire, the effects of a guilty conscience on the human journey and the differences between genders, and the superiority of men within the play, and the modern era. The value foregrounded throughout this text is the representations of ambition within the play Macbeth, and we will be focusing on the protagonist of the story, ironically named Macbeth.
The effect of ambition can be a double-edged sword. Ambition can provide a person with desire, so that they can accomplish goals, and give them a kick-start towards them. On the other hand, however, ambition can transition into what’s known as vaulting ambition, which can be defined as pursuing your ambitions without taking into consideration the consequences that comes with it, and hypothetically ‘vaulting’ over the boundaries set. The protagonist within the play, Macbeth, exemplifies the act of ‘vaulting ambition’, and it is mentioned once within the play.
‘The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step on which I must fall down, or else o’erleap, for in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires, let not light see my black and deep desires. The eye wink at the hand; yet let that be which the eye fears,...
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Ambition is what drives you to do what you need to do to get something done.
Ambition is the driving force throughout _MacBeth_. It is the "engine" running the whole story. A tragic hero is the great character in a dramatic tragedy that is destined for defeat. The main character, MacBeth, is the one who ambition is driving the most. He is also the tragic hero of this story.Ambition is big in three ways in _MacBeth_. The three ways are three witches created and added more ambition in Macbeth throughout the play, ambition drives him to commit murder, and it added to his cockiness and his feeling that he is invincible.
One way ambition was big because it was right there from the beginning. The three witches that Macbeth visited planted the seed of ambition in his head. "All hail MacBeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis! All hail Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor! All hail MacBeth, that shalt be King hereafter" (I.iii.48-50). This was big because MacBeth believed everything after he found out the Thane of Cawdor betrayed Duncan and was being executed so MacBeth was then Thane of Cawdor. Soon after he became ambitious to become king and that was where his downfall began.
A second way ambition...