Essay on Analysis Of William Shakespeare 's ' Macbeth '

1964 Words Nov 30th, 2014 8 Pages
Ambition in moderation is beneficial to individuals until it becomes the sole motivator for actions, ultimately leading to one’s downfall. In William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, the main character demonstrates being too driven and bold, directing him out of line. The protagonist, Macbeth, begins at a level of nobility, however, after being informed of his destiny as king, his desire for power is ignited and motivates him to do everything to improve his status in society. It is through this longing that Macbeth’s choices become less reasonable, not only impacting his mental stability but also threatening his relationships with others in the play in order to make his destiny a reality. Macbeth’s ambitious nature is first illustrated through his envy of Duncan and his position as king, driving him to commit regicide. Duncan views Macbeth with trust and respect for his loyalty to Scotland, however, hearing the witches prophesize that he will be king results in him being dissatisfied with his position. He knows that the only way for him to be king would be if Duncan were to die, nevertheless, he states, “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, / Shakes so my single state of man that function / Is smothered in surmise, and nothing is / But what is not.” (1.3.138-141) Struggling with whether or not to allow his yearning for greatness convince him to murder Duncan, Macbeth is aware that doing so is a sin against god and is punished by death. Still, the witches did…

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