Consequences Of Ambition In Macbeth

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Mortal Ambition Leads to Deadly Consequences
William Shakespeare’s Macbeth chronicles the once noble and valiant Lord Macbeth undergoing a sequence of obstacles to seize the throne as King of Scotland. Macbeth’s psychological well-being is overtaken by selfish ambition, transforming him from a meritorious, Scottish general under the rule of King Duncan into a nefarious, detrimental totalitarian. Ambition is a difficult trait to cinch because it is a common humanistic trait. On one hand, humans achieve and reward ambition, yet on the other hand, humans warn against the dangers of ambition. Macbeth’s portrayal of excessive, selfish ambition becomes somewhat unnatural and extremely dangerous as he develops a willingness to murder and ruin other’s
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Even in today 's world there are people who will attempt absolutely anything to quench their ambition by any means. Many of the world leaders throughout mankind were encouraged to use ambition to their advantage and use it for the good of the people. However, “For mine own good. All causes shall give way. I am in blood Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o 'er” (Macbeth Act 3 Scene 4), Macbeth and many of these leaders throughout the perils of time aren’t concerned about anyone else but themselves and know there is no turning back. George Orwell’s Animal Farm perfectly depicts how one’s selfish ambition for power can that individual and those around them. Napoleon, a pig based on Joseph Stalin (former USSR leader), uses ambition to manipulate the common people around him and eliminate those that he sees as a threat to him seizing all power. Like Macbeth, Napoleon’s ambition causes him to become hungry for power and use an excessive amount of violence towards the other animals at the farm. Macbeth murders many innocent people, such as Banquo, displaying that his selfish ambition has caused him to show no mercy and has the entire kingdom of Scotland fear him. Napoleon uses his dogs to instill fear into the farm animals, using his canines to run away Snowball, the innocent pig that many of the other animals favored so no one would challenge his sole authority of the animal

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