The Downfall Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare Essay

1493 Words Jan 11th, 2016 6 Pages
Ambition is the strong desire to do or achieve something through hard work. Throughout history, ambition has been a force that has driven people to success or their downfall throughout. It can (1) engender downfall because their ambition might cause people to perform acts that in the end they might regret. As seen by the murder of Duncan his rise to king ( he never found true happiness as king) and immediate downfall. It led him into a dark path where he faced his (2) upshot, which was his downfall until inevitable death by making Macbeth perform many (3)reprehensible acts. In the beginning, Macbeth did not fully believe he was going to be king, but Lady Macbeth instilled him with her ambitions, thus marking the downfall of both. An analysis of the literary terms in the play entitled, Macbeth by William Shakespeare demonstrates the idea of the corrupting power of ambition being the source of the inevitable downfall of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. One of the first instance of Macbeth’s downfall because of ambition can be seen in act one scene four. This scene takes place after the victory and during the feast that is taking place after. During this time, Duncan proclaims that his son, Malcolm, will be king, which upsets Macbeth greatly. Macbeth states “That is a step On which I must fall down, or else o 'erleap, For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires; Let not see my black and deep desires” (Shakespeare 29). In this statement, Macbeth is stating either he must submit…

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