Ambition As Depicted In Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'

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Mimi Markham English 10/300 Period 6 Mrs. Record 5/14/15 Macbeth Final Essay: Ambition When someone is ambitious, they strive to succeed in every mean possible. In society and their personal lives, they strive to be the best. They want power, and sometimes they can go too far. In the play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, Macbeth takes ambition to over the edge, and it becomes dangerous for himself and others. He has too much desire to become powerful, and it ends up being his fatal flaw. It causes the downfall of both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and triggers a series of deaths. Because of this, ambition can be seen as the fatal flaw that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth share. Although ambition can be good in some cases, too much of it is ultimately fatal to macbeth because of the selfish nature of the ambition and that he is not naturally inclined to commit evil.…show more content…
Ambition can also be negative, and create evil thoughts and actions. In Macbeth’s case, it turned fatal for him because he became evil as a result. He was overcome with the idea of power. When the witches gave him the prophecy, that he will one day be king, that is all he can think about. The idea of power consumes him, including him hallucinating a dagger as a final push to kill the king, Duncan, “Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee” (II, i, 35-36). Macbeth saw an opportunity for power, and went for it full force- he killed duncan the day he found out about the prophecy for him to become

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