Misery of Fiery Desires The solar eclipse is fascinating and draws attention, yet it gives off rays that are blinding. Ambitions have the same effect on an individual, as they become blinded by their fascinations and desires and lose sight of reality. In William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, characters that pursue harmful ambitions and suffer from the consequences. Three witches foretell that Macbeth will become king. At first, he is a loyal and courageous Thane for Duncan; however, he becomes deceitful once he decides to kill the king.
Macbeth, who is excessively confident, who allows himself to be deceived, is ultimately killed by Macduff as a result of his overconfidence. By exhibiting Macbeth’s hubris, Shakespeare warns society when one is too confident, one will be blinded from reality, and it will lead to
Shakespeare illustrates these degradations of character through the use of tragic flaws to show the manifestations of power’s grip on the characters. In The Tragedy of Macbeth, Macbeth’s tragic flaw, ambition, introduces the concept that an insatiable thirst for influence can lead to one losing their sense of reality and humanity. As the protagonist plots how he’s going to reach the crown, he begins to consider the people in his way not as individuals, but instead as “a step / on which I must fall down, or else o 'erleap / For in my way it lies” (I.iv.55-58). This inadvertent dehumanization of others is just the first step of his wicked journey on which he finds himself murdering those he once looked up to for their title. The closer Macbeth gets to his goal, the more corrupted he becomes, and even in power, he finds himself tormented by the thought of losing it.
These fluids carry the plot along and describes Macbeth’s desire for control. Specifically, milk, alcohol, and urine are fluids that demonstrate the crave for mightiness as Macbeth claims the throne at the death of King Duncan. Thus, in the scenes of progression, of the plan to kill King Duncan came Shakespeare’s hidden symbol of fluids that presents the ambition and desire to attain power. When Macbeth is crowned Thane of Cawdor in Act I, his ambition for more power is fueled. He believes that he must kill the king in order to make his prophecy to come true.
Evil vs Evil:Jack vs Macbeth People who thirst for power hungry will commit evil acts to remain in power. In the novel “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding, and the play “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare, there are two wicked characters who killed and manipulated for power. Take Jack, a once preppy choir boy turned tyrant and Macbeth a once brave and loyal warrior turned tyrant. Jack and Macbeth are two characters who are ambitious, whose personalities darkly change throughout their stories and who are evil. Jack is bent on power from the beginning whereas, Macbeth is manipulated by three witches and his wife to take power.
A tragic hero is defined as a person of noble status who has a tragic flaw in his or her personality and suffers a fall from grace due to that tragic flaw, only to redeem a small measure of that lost nobility through self-awareness. In The Tragedy of Macbeth, a play written by William Shakespeare, the character known as Macbeth has a variety of qualities similar to those belonging to a tragic hero. Despite the significant role that Macbeth already plays within society, he seeks out greater power that he attempts to acquire through unrepentable acts which leads to the death of many. His position in society, his ambition, and the actions he takes to gain more power as well as their consequences, qualify him as a tragic hero. In the beginning
Throughout the book, the well respected Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are consumed by power and greed. They end up killing the King of Scotland to become royal. While greed is tempting we need to remember that it is a destructive force and its consequences outweigh the benefits. Even though greed appears glamorous and inviting, Shakespeare shows us that it is contagious and addicting and will lead to destruction. Shakespeare reveals how contagious and evil greed is by the suggestion from the witches that Macbeth will be king.
Macbeth’s unrealistic ambition is a flaw that can easily be affected by others. This trait of his flaw is shown through the encounters between Macbeth and other characters such as Lady Macbeth and the witches. When Macbeth had his discussion with the witches, they planted ideas of glory and power in his head. This conversation made Macbeth start to think that it was his right to be become king at any cost. The weird sisters were a catalyst for Macbeth’s tragic flaw to grow.
Power-hungry Macbeth Macbeth is a very compelling and twisted character to observe on a large-scale. His development as a main character can be a bit questionable as he went from relatively normal for his culture, to the point where he terrified and ruled Scotland with an iron fist. How did this one man go from waiting patiently for the crown, to going out and murdering everyone in his path to the crown? Through the progression of Macbeth’s motives, relationships, and emotions in this Shakespeare work, it can be determined that the want of power makes Macbeth into a disturbing, unreliable, psychopath. Macbeth changes throughout this story of his power grab towards being king.