Adolf Hitler's Ambition

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Ambition has led to the success of hundreds of people, senators, celebrities, directors and more. Ambition is defined as a driving force to do something great, to become recognized in a certain field. It leads people to work hard and to do better than their current best. It 's found in everybody, it could be someone trying to beat their high score or becoming class president. Having too much ambition can force someone to do negative things in order to reach their goal. Several political leaders, literary characters and cultural icons have too much ambition that led them to commit negative actions. Political leaders naturally have ambition, but leaders like Napoleon and Adolf Hitler gained too much ambition that eventually led to their downfall.…show more content…
He imbibed racist ideas during his stay in Vienna, which he later fled to avoid service in the army (Encyclopaedia Judaica, 2007). After World War 1, Germany was forced to pay reparations to France and Great Britain. People in Germany were upset and angry over this, Hitler took advantage of this and gave them a target to focus their anger and resentment on: the Jewish population. The quote is from the Encyclopeadia judaica, “In June 1934 he had his predecessors as chancellor along with numerous others murdered as a sign of his total control.” This supports the thesis by showing that he had the ambition to do what it takes to gain more power. He wasn’t afraid to kill them, for him it was another step he had to take in order to further control Germany. He was ready and able to do whatever necessary. The second quote is from American Decades, “In his final moment - Hitler dictated his last will and testament in which he blamed all but himself for all the disasters that had engulfed the world since 1934.” As the end of the war was drawing nearer, he was still ambitious and arrogant enough to blame everyone else but himself. He committed suicide (American Decades, December 16, 199) to end his story and infamous legacy in a way that didn’t diminish what he’s done. For him it was a necessary and justifiable…show more content…
Some well known examples is Macbeth, a tragedy written by Shakespeare, and the Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Great Gatsby begins with Nick Carraway moving from the Midwest to West Egg, Long Island. His cousin Daisy and her husband Tom also live nearby. Nick meets Tom 's mistress, Myrtle Wilson. Later he meets Gatsby and Jordan baker, a friend of Daisy’s, at one of his parties. Jordan tells Nick about Gatsby 's love for Daisy. Daisy and Gatsby meet when Gatsby was in the army and he was known as James Gatz. They shared the same feeling for each other but since gatsby couldn’t financially support Daisy they never saw each other again. The first quote is taken from an overview of the Great Gatsby written by Casie E. Hermanson. “As a seventeen year old he transformed himself from James Gatz to Jay Gatsby for whom everything is possible.”(Casie E. Hermanson). Gatsby was poor when he first met Daisy, but he would later become a self made millionaire. At 17 years old he had enough ambition to catapult himself to the upper class, just to impress daisy. He reinvented himself into a man rich enough for Daisy. The second quote is from the same source as the first quote.”In defiance of the class difference separating them,he aspires high to this girl in the golden tower, the king’s daughter, whose voice is full of money.”(Casie E. Hermanson) Gatsby had enough ambition to build his fortune and someday win
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