Macbeth, By William Shakespeare Essay

1321 Words Jul 26th, 2015 6 Pages
How could a suppressed thought, a choice crammed in the back of a mind, develop into something with the power to ruin a man’s life? In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, we are introduced to a man who discovers the true power of a decision. Macbeth is a “tragic hero” flawed by his unbridled ambition. He hears a wonderful prophecy from witches- that he is to become king. He decides to act upon his future through his ambition. Throughout the play, this ambition grows, progressing from a hidden thought, to a frightening reality, and finally into a paranoia that haunts him. Together, the play illustrates the life of a man who, cursed by a fatal flaw, ruins his own future. In Macbeth, Macbeth’s immoderate ambition suggests that ambition can often cause one to participate in actions that could lead to unfathomable consequences for oneself and others. When Macbeth first meets the witches, he immediately takes the prophecy the wrong way because of his ambition. His ambition a small thought that resides in his mind, without a definable shape that begins to gain power. Upon hearing that he will soon become king, Macbeth states that the prophecy means well, yet it 's “horrid image doth unfix [his] hair/ and make[s] [his] seated heart knock [his] ribs” (1.3.148-149). The “horrid image” is created by his imagination when he hears the prophecy. It “unfixes his hair”, which might signify that he is becoming more barbaric, as fixed hair may represent order. In addition to this, he says that…

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