The Cause And Effect Relationship Between Ambition And Action

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In his play Macbeth, Shakespeare uses plot to showcase the cause and effect relationship between ambition and action. This plays a major part in the main theme of the play, which questions unchecked power and ambition. Macbeth’s power/position goes unchecked for a long period of time in the play; this is not to say that there were not those who wondered whether Macbeth was actually fit to be in charge. This merely shows how rather than taking action sooner, most of the characters who were wary of Macbeth chose first to try and wait things out, all the while Macbeth continued on his quest for more power. A debatable topic that stems from the theme of unchecked power and ambition, is whether or not Macbeth’s ambition to become King was pre-existing or if its seed was planted in him after he crossed paths with the Weird Sisters. Furthermore, his status as a general under the King’s rule allowed him power to an extent; this begs the question of whether or not it is possible that his thirst (ambition) for power sprouted from an increasing boredom and sense of “oppression” in his position? Shakespeare uses plot to show how power and ambition, when paired with malicious intent and left unmonitored, can result in severe consequences both for the ‘powerful’ in the play and the ‘powerless’ (i.e. Banquo, Macduff, Fleance, etc). Macbeth, to the reader, is no more than someone who cannot be trusted. Although he is the protagonist of the play, he also plays the villain, even if he does…

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