The Theme Of Ambition In Macbeth, By William Shakespeare

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The feeling of accomplishment, self-pride, and motivation are all beautiful things in life and are what shape one 's character. Without it, the world would simply be a boring place. Ambition is the act or strong desire to achieve or sustain a particular goal in relevance to hard work, dedication, and personal values. Although ambition is a powerful, usually positive experience, it can sometimes mislead one 's values and perspectives into negative, questionable acts. Macbeth, by William Shakespeare is a brilliant short story about a soldier (Macbeth) who becomes deprived of his own assumptions of becoming king, and in the end, is willing to do anything for being crowned Thane Of Cawdor, and then king. William Shakespeare uses symbolism and character …show more content…
As a soldier of Scotland, he chooses to explore a side of him that he has has just begun to discover, which is ambition. It is important to recognize Macbeth 's actions at the beginning of the play because it sets his character throughout the story, revealing several ironic cases in regards to Duncan 's Naive trust and Macbeth 's reluctance. As the gloomy skies wear off once the witches prophecies have been delivered about Macbeth 's future as king and what consequences he will receive to attempt such wild actions, the King Scotland, King duncan, is informed of Macbeth and Banquo 's great strive of achievement during the war against Norwegian forces and their leader, MacDonwald. Macbeth proves his loyalty and great existence by announcing, “the service and loyalty [Macbeth] owe in doing it pays itself.” This quote signifies the pure character Macbeth believes himself to be, along with his duty to serve Duncan with great efforts, if he shall become thane of Cawdor or king any time soon, according to the three …show more content…
Macbeth starts off as an honourable, loyal soldier to King duncan. Unfortunately due to Lady Macbeth’s instability and cold heart, Macbeth is easily and quickly manipulated into committing several murders he didn 't necessarily agree with (at first). As Macbeth 's ambition grows upon him, he becomes the “devil of Scotland”, having lost all dignity and pride from where he had started. Although ambition is often perceived as a positive, structure building lifestyle to some, Macbeth takes a turn to describe the downfall of too much ambition. It is important value power and moral, but in order to become successful, it’s excruciating to be aware that, “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”- Thomas

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