Lady Macbeth, By William Shakespeare Essay

1096 Words Mar 30th, 2015 5 Pages
Ambition is most commonly described as an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honour, fame, or wealth, and the willingness to strive for its attainment. Ambition, in appropriate amounts, is great for providing the inspiration and incentive to seek opportunities to achieve more. In Shakespeare 's Macbeth it is no different. It is one of the most recognizable themes throughout the play; central to the play 's plot structure, character development, and events. However, it takes on a much darker side when corrupt greed and temptation are thrown into the equation, greatly twisting both the Macbeths ' judgment and morals. It leads them to be the progenitors of their eventual self destruction, responsible for all the decisions they make. Macbeth 's ambition causes him to take detrimental actions that jeopardizes everything, like the murder of Banquo and the meaningless slaughter of Macduff 's family. Desire triumphs over logic and reasoning but it wears away at Macbeth 's mind over time; it causes him to bring harm to people. Lady Macbeth is also swiftly overtaken by her own aspirations after hearing of the prophecies and it drives her to a slow but steady decline into madness. When guided by a hidden agenda ambition turns into a character 's fault, and will lead them to carry out destructive acts against themselves or those around them.
While often seen as the key to success, ambition can get out of control very quickly in the wrong hands. Such…

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