Essay on Ambition And Destruction Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare

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Ambition and Destruction in Macbeth

It is normal to think that ambition is a positive trait and it is something that people aspire to have, but too much can cause people to not think about their actions. This is definitely the case in Shakespeare 's play Macbeth. Macbeth shows that too much ambition can be negative. In addition he becomes disloyal and shows signs of betrayal. Furthermore, the damage he causes ultimately leads to the downfall of Scotland. Macbeth, from Shakespeare 's Macbeth, demonstrates through his downfall that often overwhelming ambition leads to disloyalty ultimately resulting in destruction.

Firstly, although ambition is usually considered to be a positive, the character Macbeth illustrates that too much ambition can blind people from knowing right from wrong. For example Macbeth’s ambition for the throne of Scotland causes him to sacrifice his honour. When Duncan, the king, gets the report about a battle that Macbeth wins, he exclaims “ O valiant cousin, worthy gentleman” (Macbeth 1.2, 24). Duncan recognizes both his relationship with Macbeth and Macbeth’s loyalty and courage in battle. Macbeth 's bravery in killing the rebel leader proves to Duncan that Macbeth is a noble person. Macbeth was an honourable man until his ambition for the throne of Scotland made him dissatisfied with what he already had. Macbeth 's ambition is thoughtless because he does not think about the possible consequences of killing people to achieve what he wants. Once he…

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