The Destruction Of Ambition In Macbeth By William Shakespeare

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As any tragedy goes, the anti hero of the story is always plagued to fall by the end of the story. In The Tragedy of Macbeth, Shakespeare illustrated how the lust for wealth and ambition results in the collapse of oneself and others. Many examples are seen throughout the play, especially through the growth of Macbeth. He began as a faithful, kind soldier to King Macbeth killing only in defense of the kingdom, but gradually grew darker until he was totally consumed in evil. The central figure of the play, Macbeth, was the first to suffer from the vile effects of ambition. As the three witches appeared to Macbeth and foretold the future, Macbeth got a taste for the greed. As the witches spewed the words of the future “ All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis. All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor. All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter.” (1.3.47–49) Macbeth became intoxicated. The words were harmless though. It was not the witches that cursed Macbeth to fail, it is what Macbeth would do that would cause the curse of greed to consume him and make him fail in his quest for glorious prosperity at the throne.…show more content…
The turning point to complete evil was due to Macbeth’s wife, Lady Macbeth. Already filled with conflict, Lady Macbeth’s power hungry, ambitious persona tipped the scale in favor of darkness. Lady Macbeth was so corrupt she even publicly announced how she wished to be filled with pure cruelty. As she said“Come you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe topful of direst cruelty!” (1.5.40–43) the castle of Macbeth became shrouded in even more evil. In just a short period of time, Macbeth went from a kind should to contemplating killing a king he was so loyal

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