Discontentment In Macbeth

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“He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have” (Socrates). This quote is true for many people in this world ranging from political leaders, to athletes, and even normal people. Not only is it a general statement about one’s lifestyle, discontentment can be a major flaw that leads to one’s downfall. In “The Tragedy of Macbeth” written by William Shakespeare, Macbeth experiences the consequences of discontentment. In a similar yet differing way, Alex Rodriguez experiences the same outcomes. Macbeth, a Scottish man of noble stature, starts to get a taste of what it’s like to achieve a higher status and will do anything to maintain it. On the other hand, Alex Rodriguez is a Major League Baseball…show more content…
In the beginning of “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” Macbeth is revered as a courageous war hero who fought bravely among his comrades. After Macbeth returns from war, King Duncan comes to his castle to visit. Upon seeing Macbeth, the King exclaims “O worthiest cousin! / The sin of my ingratitude even now / Was heavy on me: thou art so far before, / That swiftest wing of recompenses is slow / to overtake thee” (Shakespeare 1.5.14-18). King Duncan is commending Macbeth for his brave actions during battle. Duncan later goes on to name him Thane of Glamis and Thane of Cawdor (Shakespeare). Macbeth is getting his first taste of what it’s like to gain and posses power. In comparison, Alex Rodriguez was, and still is, a very famous person. Rodriguez was a star on the field from the very beginning of his career which began at the age of eighteen. Though he did shine on the field in the mid to late 1990s, “Over the next decade, Rodriguez proved to be baseball’s best all-around player, putting up gaudy numbers that put him on track to be one of the game’s all-time greats” (“Alex Rodriguez”). In 2001 Alex Rodriguez signed a $252 million dollar contract; and in 2007, he became the youngest player to reach 500 career hits (“Alex Rodriguez”). However, just like in Macbeth’s case, these alone would not be enough for Alex Rodriguez; he sought

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