The Ambition Of William Shakespeare 's Macbeth Essay

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Ambition is a good thing, but it can be dangerous. Having strong goals, and big ambition can get you to where you hope to be in life. When abused, the ambition can be abused. If you have strong will and goals, that ambition can easily lead you in the wrong direction. Or, it can lead you to success. Beowulf had good ambition, ambition to keep his people safe, and ambition to kill monsters. Unlike him, Macbeth also had ambition. His ambition was to gain and keep power no matter what the costs. These two stories show how ambition can be both fatal, and incredible.
To start, both characters in their stories were tested of their reasoning of ambition. Macbeth and Beowulf were ambitious, very ambitious. Macbeth had ambition to lead, while Beowulf had ambition to lead his people. “I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o 'erleaps itself and falls on the other,” (1.7.25-28). In this quote, Macbeth admits that his ambition is not for the greater food. In fact, he’s almost entirely saying that he only wants to kill King Duncan because he wants to rule. This shows how his ambition is incredibly misplaced. “And now the youth was to enter the line of battle with his lord, his first time to be tested as a fighter. His spirit did not break and the ancestral blade would keep its edge, as the dragon discovered as soon as they came together in the combat,” (2625-2630). This quote is for after Beowulf is killed, and though it doesn’t show his…

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