Pride And Ambition In Macbeth

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By looking at the surface of Macbeth, one can see that it is about a man, Macbeth, who is told a prophecy about his future: he will become king. Macbeth believes the only way for him to become king is to kill the existing king, Duncan, and claim the throne for himself. Macbeth is a tragedy, therefore it is not hard to guess that this play ends in Macbeth’s death as a result of his flaws. An example that would just scratch the surface of this play would be when the witches chant, “All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter!....Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none. So all hail, Macbeth and Banquo!” (1.3.53;70-71). This is where it all began. The witches predict that Macbeth will become king and he is foolish enough to take fate
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This theme could be “too much ambition is destructive.” Macbeth was overwhelmed with the temptation to kill Duncan to become the king and his ambition drove him to give in to this temptation. He believed that killing Duncan and becoming king would give him glory, praise, and wealth, when in reality, it gave him death. Although a healthy amount of ambition could lead to success, an excess amount of ambition mixed in with pride and temptation makes for a deadly recipe. Another theme has to do with the confusion between fate and free will. The witches propose a prophecy to Macbeth that he will become Thane of Cawdor and then king. Once Macbeth is named Thane of Cawdor later that day, he is almost too trusting in the witches’ prophecy. He just has to kill Duncan now to become king. Doesn’t he? Some may say that his decisions were the result of fate at work, while others believe he acted on his own free will and stupidity. There may be no correct answer, but there is no doubt that fate and free will are a theme in …show more content…
This sinister tone is what brings this play to life and illuminates the eerie and dramatic aspects of the play. Macbeth is littered with sinister language right from the beginning. The three witches play a big role in contributing this type of tone, especially the sinister tone. They represent a supernatural element of the play and they produce that dark and sinister tone.. For example, at the opening of the play, the witches chant, “ All fair is foul, and foul is fair; hover through the fog and filthy air” (1.1.12-13). This creates that sinister tone right off the bat. Also, Shakespeare wrote, “Blood will have blood” when he foreshadows the murders that will take place and, as a result, creates a sinister tone and dark feelings within the readers/viewers.
Do you find where this story begins and ends effective? Why do you think the author chose to begin the story and end it this way? How do these choices impact the

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