Example Of Ambition In Macbeth

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Ambition is the strong desire to do or achieve something through hard work. Throughout history, ambition has been a force that has driven people to success or their downfall throughout. It can (1) engender downfall because their ambition might cause people to perform acts that in the end they might regret. As seen by the murder of Duncan his rise to king ( he never found true happiness as king) and immediate downfall. It led him into a dark path where he faced his (2) upshot, which was his downfall until inevitable death by making Macbeth perform many (3)reprehensible acts. In the beginning, Macbeth did not fully believe he was going to be king, but Lady Macbeth instilled him with her ambitions, thus marking the downfall of both. An analysis …show more content…
In this scene, Macbeth has reached an (4) impasse, in which he is (5)premeditating on whether he should kill Macbeth. In the end, he states “I have no spur To prick the sides of my intent, but only Vaulting ambition, which o 'erleaps itself And falls on th’ other-” (Shakespeare 41). In this quote, Macbeth is trying to state that his only motive is ambition, which makes people rush ahead of themselves into disaster. This quote is an example of foreshadowing because Macbeth foresees that his ambition will lead to his inevitable fall. Macbeth had many reasons not to kill Duncan, in fact he did not even show any true (6) disdain towards Duncan. To Macbeth, Duncan is a great king, who bring much prosperity and joy to the country; he is one of Macbeth’s family members; and as a host, Macbeth must protect Duncan, not kill him. Macbeth thought of Duncan as very (7) innocuous towards him, as Duncan only gave to Macbeth, things like promotions, but has never taken from him. These characteristics of Duncan should have been enough for Macbeth to not kill this (8) humane ruler. He only has one valid reason to kill Duncan, and that is his ambition. The corruptive power of ambition is so strong that it changed his morality in a way that kingship is more important to Macbeth. The fact that ambition leads to downfall is highlighted by Macbeth foreshadow his demise through the quote, with words …show more content…
In this scene, after seeing the (9) ghastly apparitions and hearing the words beware Macduff, Macbeth decides to kill all of Macduff 's family members because he shows (10) contempt towards him and his family. “The castle of Macduff I will surprise, Seize upon Fife, give to th ' edge o ' th ' sword His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls That trace him in his line. No boasting like a fool. This deed I’ll do before this purpose cool” ( Shakespeare 131). In this scene, Macbeth is stating that he will kill Macduff’s wife and children, similar to what he did to Banquo. This quote is an example of a conflict between Macbeth and his enemies because both are fighting for the throne of Scotland. The fact that Macbeth now (11) loathes his once close friends, demonstrates how much his ambitions have changed and corrupted him, as Macbeth is a completely different person from the beginning of the story. Important words from this quote includes “ all unfortunate souls That trace him in his line”, which demonstrates the extent to which Macbeth loathes.. This conflict on the whole rose out ever since Macbeth’s ambition for the crown, as Macbeth’s conflict for the entire story is for the sole reason of attaining the crown. If one looks at the beginning of the story, Macbeth can be described as brave, courageous, and loyal; but, as seen by this quote,

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