Ambition is the motivating force towards many people’s success; too much ambition can result in chaos. Ambition drove Macbeth to be a great warrior. However, once a malicious thought was planted in his mind, his potential to do great things turned into evil deeds. Macbeth’s ambition caused his downfall.
Macbeth was on the road to greatness, he had everything a man could want. Macbeth’s successes in battle lead to admiration by many important and powerful people, such as the king. King Duncan boasts about Macbeth stating, “ O valiant cousin! Worthy gentleman! “(I.ii.24). Ironically Macbeth later on kills his king. Macbeth had titles and power, the King was by his side promoting him to be triumphant. “I have begun to plant thee, and will
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After he murders his dearest friend, Banquo because of fear that his sons will become king, Macbeth imagines his ghost and states, “The [time] has been That when the brains were out, the man would die, and there an end. But now, they rise again with twenty mortal murders on their crowns. And push us from out stools. This is more strange Than such a murder is.” (III.iv.94-99) In this scene Macbeth is hallucinating in front of many thanes and lords who used to have the utmost respect for Macbeth. Macbeth’s ambition has resulted in not only insanity but paranoia as well. Macbeth becomes king but cannot appreciate his power or position because of his paranoid thoughts. He will not eat for he is scared of being poisoned and will not sleep for fear of being murdered; his deprivation of food and sleep only add to his insanity. As king, Macbeth is not living his life’s ambition the way he pictured it, Macbeth states, “ I have liv'd long enough: my way of life Is fallen into the sear, the yellow leaf; And that which should accompany old age, As honour, love, obedience, troops of friends, I must not look to have; but, in their stead, Curses, not loud but deep, mouth-honour, breath, Which the poor heart would fain deny, and dare not.” (V.iii.22) Macbeth is clearly not satisfied with the life he’s living.
In the end of the play, chaos erupted in Macbeth’s life because of his personal ambition and evil choices. The ambition that had in the