Essay about Ambition And Macbeth 's Downfall

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Ambition and Macbeth’s Downfall
I will not yield,/ To kiss the ground before young Malcolm’s feet,/ And to be baited with the rabble’s curse./ Though Birnam Wood be come to Dunsinane,/ And thou opposed, being of no woman born,/ Yet I will try the last. Before my body/ I throw my warlike shield. Lay on, Macduff,/ And damned be him that first cries, “Hold, enough!” (V.viii.27-34)
In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the main character sought power by any means necessary, even if that meant betraying his kinsmen or murdering innocent women and children. With their insight of the future, the Weird Sisters, and his wife, Lady Macbeth , act as catalysts for his treacherous, ambitious acts; Macbeth became fearful of anything coming between him and his ambitions. In the Tragedy of Macbeth, Macbeth’s tragic flaw was ambition; his hunger for power led him to a tragic downfall.
The Tragedy of Macbeth begins with battle and carries that theme throughout its entirety with the murdering of numerous men, women and children, concluding with the suicide of Lady Macbeth and the beheading of her husband. Violent actions lead to more violent actions, even if the cause is selfless. By violently taking the throne, Macbeth has to defend his position through means of violence. Violence is a vicious cycle (“Macbeth: Themes”).
The tragedy emphasizes the savagery of war. Macbeth “Ne’re shook hands, nor bade farewell/”, to Macdonwald, whom he, “unseem’d...from the nave to th’ chops,/ and fix’d his head…

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