Ambition: a Path to Success or Failure? Essay

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Ambition: a path to success or failure?
William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Macbeth, is a play about a general from the King’s army whose ambition leads him to usurp the throne. Macbeth’s initial lie perpetuates him to commit numerous murders to ensure that the heir to the throne is still within his reach. The play highlights a common value held by our society which is that we are responsible for our actions. Although Lady Macbeth initially provoked Macbeth, ultimately, his demise was a result of his own ambition. By questioning his manhood and courage, Lady Macbeth persuades Macbeth to murder Duncan, however, it was still not justified. The murder of Duncan’s servants, Banquo, and the attempted murder of Fleance was part of a chain reaction
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His ambition to maintain kingship compels him to murder his closest friend, a decision which Macbeth made himself. While hiring murderers to finish off Banquo, Macbeth tells them that he was indeed their enemy. (III.i.113-114). His willingness to convince the murderers that Banquo was a potential harm characterizes Macbeth as a very manipulative character who would do anything to protect his crown. Ultimately, it was Macbeth’s greed and thirst for power which lead him to commit other heinous crimes and die as a result.
When Macbeth found out that Macduff was a potential threat, he sent murderers to get rid of Lady Macduff and her son. Clearly, the murderers had been sent to murder Macduff, her son and the rest of the people living in the castle. Later on, Ross hesitantly reveals to Macduff and Malcolm that “…your wife and babes, / savagely slaughter’d to relate the manner/were on the quarry of these murder’d deer/ To add the death of you. (IV. Iii. 204-207). Upon hearing the description of his family’s murder, Macduff’s emotions were heightened to the extent that revenge became his motive. His anger towards Macbeth drove him to commit the murder of Macbeth. At the end of the play, the result of Macduff’s fury is seen when he proudly holds Macbeth’s head and exclaims “Hail King! For thou art: behold where

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