To prick the sides of my intent, but only / Vaulting ambition which o’erleaps itself / And falls on th’other”(ActⅠScene ⅶ) Macbeth has enough self-awareness to realize the dangers of killing the king yet his temptation to complete the prophecy is too strong. Another example of ambition is when Lady Macbeth plans the murder of Duncan and continually urges Macbeth to do it in order to fulfill the prophecy and desire. Lady Macbeth puts aside her reasoning and lets her temptation run her actions. Ambition is what drives the both of them to commit such atrocities.
The show that Macbeth thought has terrify himself that he think in order to the prophecy come true he has to kill King Duncan. After Lady Macbeth has found out about the witches’ prophecy of Macbeth latter. Her strong desire and ambition of power has led Macbeth to assassinate Duncan by insulted him “wouldst thou have that Which thou esteem 'st the ornament of life, And live a coward in thine own esteem, Letting “I
Ross, here says that ambition is the reason Malcolm murdered Duncan, and that has as a result Macbeth will become king. Ross was correct in that, ambition was the cause of the murder, and that Macbeth would become king, he just didn’t know Macbeth was the usurper at this time. Then, at the end of the play, Macduff kills Macbeth. This happens because Macbeth wanted to remain in power, and so he killed Macduff’s family, resulting in his own death. “O, I could play the woman with mine eyes, and braggart with my tongue!
This scene really depicts the relationship between cruelty and masculinity because the murderers realize that it’s ok to kill Macbeths’ best friend Banquo because he might stand in his way of becoming king. The following quote from the play explains how Macbeth really wants Banquo dead because he is worried that he might stand in his way of being king. It also shows how Macbeth was telling the murderers that’s it’s ok to kill Banquo even if they are
Macbeth needs to follow through with this plan because Fleance and Banquo could get in the way of Macbeth becoming King. The three witches had also foretold Banquo’s descendants to become king. Macbeth sends men to follow through with this plan. They succeed to kill Banquo, but Fleance escapes. After being responsible for the deaths of two people, Duncan and Banquo, Macbeth is in a state where he feels the need to keep murdering people that could possibly get in his way of becoming king.
They mock him, taunting him about how far he has fallen. He responds in anger, wanting to hear more prophecies. He obviously feels more entitled now, and his ambition has thoroughly succeeded in corrupting him to the point of no return. He is now king; his friend (though, in his eyes as of late, his enemy,) Banquo, is dead and out of the way; and he is on a mission to kill any others who stand in his way and jeopardize his crown. The witches inform him that none of women born will kill him, but Macbeth still insists that he will kill not only Macduff, but his entire family and staff, just to be on the safe side of things.
Macbeth’s evilness is reflected when he explained to the murderers what to do at Macduff's castle when he says, “Time, thou anticipat’st my dread exploits. The flighty purpose never is o’ertook unless the deed go with it. From this moment the very firstlings of my heart shall be the firstlings of my hand. And even now, to crown my thoughts with acts be it though and done: the castle of Macduff I will surprise; Seize upon Fife; give to th’ edge o’ th’ sword his wife, babes, and all unfortunate souls that trace him in his line.
Here, Macbeth is seen giving into Lady Macbeth’s persistency in murdering King Duncan. By declaring that he will “do all that may become a man,” Macbeth is also deciding to entrust himself and go down the path of free will. Given that Macbeth is showing hesitancy towards going through with the plan, readers can consequently see that his ambition has risen, yet not to extreme heights. As the play progresses, Macbeth reverts back to accepting the fate of the Three Witches. He visits them once more and demands that they predict his future, and the Weird Sisters prophesize: “laugh to scorn the power of a man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth” (IV.i.79-81), to which he responds with, “I’ll make assurance double sure and take a bond of fate” (IV.i.83-84).
He chose to kill Duncan when speaking to his wife “I am settled, and bend up Each corporal agent to this terrible feat. Away, and mock the time with fairest show. False face must hide what the false heart doth know.” (1.7.79-82) He has decided not only to kill his king, but to pretend that he is innocent, and take his throne, It is his decision, not Lady Macbeth’s.
As proved by Macbeth’s success to become the Thane of Cawdor, the prophecies are Macbeth’s fate; they will be the outcomes of his life, but how they will come to be is dependent on Macbeth’s own choices. When Macbeth shares the prophesies with his wife, Lady Macbeth, she helps him murder King Duncan in order to gain the throne. The witches had predicted that Macbeth would be king but they hadn’t said when or how. It is Macbeth’s own choice to murder Duncan because of his deep desire to become king. Macbeth wants to protect his power and eliminate all enemies that may come in the way.
Those who work diligently in the face of a problem work harder and remain humble in order to overcome the issue at hand. Others who are power hungry, however, remain selfish and greedy. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth, the Macbeth’s were modest and worked hard for what they wanted- which was power. When it is achieved, the power consumes them and controls their actions. Adversity causes Macbeth to work harder and use the help of the other men around him, yet when he ultimately acquires the power he is searching for, it goes to his head, causing him to act in violence by murdering those who he believes stand in his way.
The play Macbeth by William Shakespeare is a Testimony to the negative repercussions of vaulting ambition. In Macbeth, character's morals are put to the test by supernatural forces. This is illustrated by the character Macbeth, whose tragic downfall is ultimately the result of his ambition. Furthermore, Macbeth’s ambition leads him to kill King Duncan, Banquo; both he was originally loyal too, and Macduff’s family. Macbeth’s vaulting ambition causes him to make faulty decisions, thereby causing not only his own destruction, but the deaths of family and foe.
Word Count:697 Consequences of Choices While the motivating factor of people's choices are all different, their decision they make, is what determines the consequences. In the play 'Macbeth,' we see how Macbeth's poor decisions and lack of character leads to his tragic death. Because of Macbeth's decision to kill Duncan, his decision to assassinate Banquo, and his decision to visit the witches, the consequences of his actions lead to his death. Macbeth's decision to have Duncan killed, leads to consequences that cause his downfall.
The Power of Ambition For many individuals pride is the driving force behind motivation and ambition but when one’s pride gets the best of him or her it can cause the individual to break down and self destruct. Every human has a little pride in them but when that pride becomes selfish and done for personal benefit that is when it can become dangerous, taking focus away from the things that really matter like honor, love, family, friends and integrity. In his play, Macbeth, Shakespeare suggests that if one’s motivation is selfish and pride-driven, eventually honor and integrity are lost leading to one’s destruction. Initially, when one’s selfish ambition and motivation is just starting to grow, one is able to maintain honor and integrity.
Macbeth’s Greatest Downfall It is a very common misconception in today’s society that ambition in it’s entirety is only ever a positive thing. From a young age we are taught that we are to aspire for greatness in everything we do, as it is only then that we will succeed. However, what often times goes unseen is how ambition can turn from a simple drive to succeed into a vengeful desire fuelled hunger towards gaining further power. Macbeth’s greatest downfall within Shakespeare's famous play is not a tragic flaw, and he himself is not a tragic hero. It’s not an influence from a greater power either, but rather it is his vaulting ambition and greed that cause him to fail at the end of the play.