They are definitely “great characters” as they are the protagonist in books that have been regarded as great pieces of literature for many centuries, but their ambitions materialised in monstrous acts, meaning the principles that lead them to ruin were equally atrocious. It can be proposed that the principle is ambition. Ambition is a virtue, yet an ambition to be more powerful, (i.e. to rule a country or create life) might have negative consequences because power is known to corrupt. This means that power can corrupt what were initially the most honest ambitions, causing them to obligate to violence bringing them only sadness and greed when their ambitions are realised.
Without moral discipline, anarchy would arise- boundary, order, and control would cease to exist. Every day, humankind is in a constant battle between right and wrong, good and evil. Even a once noble person will turn to greed, betrayal, and guilt when deprived of their morals. The deprivation of morality and its effects reflect itself within the story The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth were once noble people, but when exposed to the possibility of power and control, they turn corrupt, allowing their sinister thoughts to consume them.
The decisions Macbeth is choosing to continue with is affecting the way he’s thinking and living his life. The negative downfall Macbeth is dealing with are how his actions are making him hallucinate. Shakespeare’s message lets you have a better understanding of the wrongs of the way Macbeth is turning into As result to Macbeth becoming insane, it led to believe what others should’t do in crisis like so, Macbeth was completely lost and was
Ambition can drive almost anyone to do things that their consciences normally would not let them do. For this tragic hero, ambition is his folly. Macbeth’s ambition causes him to be susceptible to outsides influences, overrides his conscience and ultimately brings his destruction. Macbeth’s actions have a profound effect on his character for the rest of the play. At first, he is described as a valiant hero of the land, bravely fighting for King Duncan, but his overreaching ambition causes him to do vile acts, completely overriding his conscience.
Shakespeare’s diction throughout the play, plays a key role in the tragedy as it sets a tone and is used to foreshadow. In Act 3 scene 1, Shakespeare uses many words that signify the incentive to fight, by deciding to open the dramatic scene by saying “for now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring” (3.1.4) the words “hot”, and “mad blood” can be interpreted as a foreshadowing, this relates to the irrationality of the violence in the play because it foreshadows the deaths in the scene and the fights that will be started by Mercutio’s unsound anger. Another example is in Act 1 scene 1, the Prince after stopping the fighting between the two families, then scolds them for fighting and tells them to “quench the fire of [their] pernicious rage” (1.1.86) and to “Throw [their] mistempered weapons to the ground” (1.1.89), through the use of the words “pernicious rage”, and “mistempered weapons”, it helps Shakespeare convey that the violence only does more harm to the two families and that they’re fighting for no
In the play Macbeth written by William Shakespeare, the tragedy of Macbeth, he gained most of his power through the works of lying and killing individuals, thus resulting in the murder of Duncan and Banquo due to the great amount of fear that began to develop, which lead to his tragic downfall. Firstly, Shakespeare develops the forces that encourage an individual’s actions through the mischievous plans of Macbeth against the murder of Duncan. Secondly, one of the most profound themes of this play was allowing power to be exerted on another individual, preferably one who had authority over the other. Lastly, the major recurring theme of this play is the imagery of blood, as it is used to symbolize the varying feelings that recur due to feelings of guilt and unhappiness of many characters, thus leading to eternal feelings of sadness and fear. In the play Macbeth, the forces that inhibit or encourage an individual 's actions are clearly portrayed through the
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.
What drives apparently good men to become ruthless, ambitious, jealous and greedy? We see an example of this in the play “Macbeth” performed at Pop Up Globe, directed by Tom Mallaburn, was written originally by the well-known author, William Shakespeare. Macbeth is based upon a big tragedy, where the two main characters, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, inevitably were forced to do evil things due to their ambition; taste the sweetness of victory and then downfall again. Although the play was written by an English author, Shakespeare smartly sets his story based upon the idea of ambition, a concept that relates to all of us, no matter where we are from. We have to admit that in our minds, the concept of power and ambition is linked to men.
A very explicit theme in the play Macbeth is: lust and ambition. This is can be probably seen in every character in the play: Macbeth, Young Siward, Malcolm, Lady Macbeth and many more. All of the characters are driven by a desire to do what they believe is best: it usually begins with ambition. Ambition tends to lead a person to lust whatever they desire and to try to achieve it. Lust is usually thought to be a bad emotion: in such a way that it tends to become evil, but in Macbeth it also shows a good side: showing the perseverance and pride it gives to the person.
The tragedy dramatises the psychological and physical affects of such pursuit for power. The play entails the main character, Macbeth, and his ruthless quest for power which was not only morally and ethically unjust but an example of power controlling ones mind. The play highlights his and Lady Macbeths intentions and motives, imprisoning their humanity, control their actions and cause impulsivity and greatly devastating endeavours to be carried out, greatly upsetting the natural order in turn disrupting the natural path the future would take.The play acts as a warning to all, with the aim of revealing how such a fatal flaw can ruin ones whole existence. Shakespeare illustrates the psychological damage that occurs in this play is evident, and is represented in a multitude of different ways through a variety of interactions between characters. An example of such an occurrence is how Lady