Ambition In Macbeth

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Throughout the play, Macbeth by William Shakespeare, the main character Macbeth displays a connection to the themes “Great ambition leads to loss of humanity” and “Paranoia eats away at one’s soul”.
In Act I and II Macbeth exhibits his great ambition which ultimately leads him to losing his common sense of what right and wrong while also regretting the mistakes he makes which makes him fearful of others. Macbeth meets the witches in the beginning of Act 1, which tell him his prophesy of how he will become King. Because the witches tell him this, thoughts of being King clouds his mind and he begins to feel greedy. Unfortunately, Macbeth learns horrible news that King Duncan’s son will become King and not Macbeth. This makes Macbeth angry and
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When the battle begins, Macbeth is thrilled and has no fear because of his confidence that no one can hurt him. Before in the beginning of the story Macbeth would be scared and cautious but now Macbeth has changed completely and ignores potential threats. He loses his sense of judgment and now does not think twice about killing someone and kills all of the soldiers vigorously because of how no man born of woman can kill him. Macbeth then fights Macduff and a battle commences between the two of them. At first, Macbeth is scared because he finds out Macduff is born from his mother’s womb. However, after he accepts his fate and is finally at peace because he no longer has to worry about others killing him and finding out about his immoral actions that he has done. When Lady Macbeth commits suicide Macbeth is stunned and depressed about how his wife is gone. He realizes that the actions he did were wrong and says “Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, / Creeps in this petty pace from day to day/ To the last syllable of recorded time/ And all our yesterdays have lighted fools/ The way to dusty death” (V. v. 21-25). Macbeth now feels hopeless and knows that his fate will come true and that he will die and that Lady Macbeth would die too. Therefore, in Act V, Macbeth exhibits his insanity, paranoia and loss of humanity because of how he underestimates everything and is not himself anymore because of the horrible things he has done to people.
Macbeth, the tragic protagonist in the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, loses himself and who he truly is and later feels paranoid because of the immoral actions he partakes

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