Blind Ambition In Macbeth

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Having confidence does not mean that you are right, which is a concept many of the characters in William Shakespeare’s, Macbeth, have taught its readers over the years. Specifically characters such as Macbeth himself, his wife, Lady Macbeth, and the king of Scotland, King Duncan. All three of these characters have one thing in common besides the fact that all three end the play in the grave. Shakespeare presents that the foundation of blind ambition is rooted in confidence; as seen in Lady Macbeth’s control over the assassination, King Duncans blind trust in people, and Macbeth’s submission to the witches.
Lady Macbeth has one of the biggest impacts with her downfall. At the beginning of Macbeth, she is extremely confident and ambitious. She
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In the beginning, Macbeth is presented as a tragic hero, but as it progresses his character dramatically changes as Macbeth falls under the witch 's spells. He begins as a good man who lives solely to protect his country and his king. But after his first encounter with the weird sisters the doubts of his true goodness show through. After hearing the witches telling him that he will be at the throne, he begins to doubt himself: “If good, why do I yield to that suggestion?” (1, iii, 133). This is the he begins to believe in the witches rather than in himself. Before committing the murder of Duncan, Macbeth cannot stop thinking about the witches. It is here that his confidence makes the shift and once the assassination is over he begins to rely fully on their prophecies for his security. It is this that brings him to his downfall in the end because of his absolute faith in the second apparition the witches have shown him that says, “for none of woman born / Shall harm Macbeth” (IV, i 79-80). This, of course, is a false prophecy but Macbeth really takes it to heart and restates it many times throughout the rest of the play until it becomes obvious just how much Macbeth believes in the witches and what they can do. The apparition is used as some of Macbeth 's final words and as he talks to Macduff the moment before he is killed he says, “I bear a charmed life which must not …show more content…
The idea of blind ambition is represented throughout the story as each character plays out their part, and as nearly all of their story’s end in tragedy. Macbeth is a representation of how overconfidence can lead to one 's downfall through the form of blind

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