Ambition Quotes In Macbeth

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Ambition Kills Alfred Tennyson, a British poet, once wrote, “Ambition is like the sea wave, which the more you drink the more you thirst… it drives you mad.” This idea can be represented by the overwhelming ambition experienced by many tragic heroes as their overwhelming flaw. In tragedies, the slow loss of control is what leads to the downfall of the hero. As the plots progress, the characters seem less and less like the true heroes that are dreamed of. Medea by Euripides, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, and The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare explore aspect of hamartia in tragedies through the development of hamartia in their main characters. All three works support the idea that unregulated ambition and ego ultimately lead to failure. One aspect…show more content…
Macbeth says, “Whose execution takes your enemy off, grapples you to the love and heart of us, who wears our health but sickly in his life, which in his death were perfect” (lines 105-108). This sentence displays dramatic irony because Banquo’s death will plague Macbeth’s mind with guilt, not make his health perfect. Like Okonkwo killing Ikemefuna in Things Fall Apart, Macbeth is killing a close friend to hold power, which yet again shows the consumption of control from ambition and power. This instills fear in the audience, as they are afraid of who, or what, Macbeth has become. But in Act 5 Scene 3, he states “I must not look to have; but, in their stead, curses not loud but deep, mouth-honor, breath, which the poor heart would fain deny and dare not” (lines 24-28). By elimination the conjunctions within the sentence, the author emphasizes the fact the details of the life that Macbeth is missing. Despite Macbeth’s prior actions, which can be seen as violating the laws of humanity, the asyndeton makes him somewhat human again, drawing pity from the

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