Unchecked Ambition In Macbeth

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7.2 billion People are living on earth and not one is without a flaw. Due to our sinful nature, everyone has flaws and one can say that some flaws are worse than others. For Macbeth, his ambition was his hamartia, his fatal flaw. Being ambitious is not a bad quality to possess, it means that you have determination to work hard towards your goal however; Macbeth had unchecked ambition that turned into greed. Macbeth had unchecked ambition that turned into greed and insanity, causing him to make choices that harmed himself and those around him.
Although Macbeth was influenced by the witches and his wife, Lady Macbeth, at any point he could have stopped. However, he deep down he desired to be king and with the prophecies of the witches, he knew that it would happen; it was just
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It was prophesized that Banquo’s offspring would become king. “… Then, prophetlike, they hailed him father to a line of kings. Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown and put a barren scepter in my grip” (3.1 62-65). “To make them kings, the seed of Banquo kings! Rather than so, come fate into the list, and champion to me th’utterance…” (3.1 74-75). Threatened by anyone and everyone, Macbeth believed that everyone was after the throne and so the vicious circle of bloodshed begins. Macbeth ordered a murder on Fleance, the son of Banquo. Luckily for Fleance, he escaped and ran away to a safe country. After the brutal murder of his friend, Macbeth suffers from guilt and in attempts to find a cure which results in feeding his ambition until it turns into insanity.
The murder of Macduff’s family is proof that Macbeth’s ambition has turned into. Until this point, all murders had their purpose; it was to further Macbeth’s power and feed his ambition. Duncan was murdered because of ambition, Banquo was murdered because his sons would be king, and there was an attempted murder of Fleance because he was the son of

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