Death Of A Salesman, By William Shakespeare And Arthur Miller

1528 Words Jan 4th, 2016 7 Pages
Ambition is defined to be the intense desire to achieve one’s goals as well as the unwavering perseverance to obtain success. While some people let ambition empower them to become their best selves, others let ambition control them to the point of failure. Through the characters of Macbeth in Macbeth and Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, both William Shakespeare and Arthur Miller reveal how uncontrolled ambition and reckless dreams possess the capability to lead one to their destruction. Ambition leads the characters to be extremely gullible and destroys their moral conscience and integrity. Moreover, ambition leads the protagonists to destroy their relationships with those most important to them. Furthermore, their passion to achieve success leads both characters to destroy the important boundary between dreams and reality. The events and characters present in Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Miller’s Death of a Salesman, put into light how ambition without caution can steer some people away from success and instead into devastation.
The fiery desire to achieve success pushes both Macbeth and Willy to become extremely naive, prompting both of them to forsake their morality and purity. Macbeth, once a man of great nobility and virtue, starts to believe in all that the Witches say without question or doubt. He not only lets the Witches’ prophecies push him to betray the king, but he lets their words drive him to succumb fully into evil. Macbeth’s ambition creates his need to…

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