Examples Of Desire In Macbeth

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Macbeth is a play filled with desire, murder and truth. The play pushes boundaries and has many underlying messages and themes. Throughout the play macbeth’s one desire is to become the king after witches prophesied this fate. However, his desire for power did not supercede his other desires or his fears. The desire for power is not the strongest human desire, desires are conditional and usually deal with situational value. There are an ample amount of events in Macbeth that show how the desire for power can cause people to do things that are idiotic. How ever, even though there are but a few, the events that showed where power was not the main desire proved to be enough to disprove that the desire for power will supercede all other human desires. Early in the …show more content…

Macbeth decided that the only way he could become king is by killing the king Duncan, and so he and his wife planned accordingly to do so. Macbeth did go forth and kill the king however, he did not completely follow the plan that his wife had set forth. Macbeth forgot to leave the dagger at the site of the murder and he was about to lose all his power by getting caught. His wife demanded he go put back the dagger however Macbeth said, “I’ll go no more. I am afraid to think what I have done; Look on’t again I dare not.” Macbeth refused to go put the dagger back out of fear and guilt which outweighed his desire for power. Fear is a large component as to why people avoid their desire for power. Many people are stopped on their path to power by obstacles, and yet a few people try to overcome them due to fear, fatigue or insecurity. Many people just don't even strive to beat others they solely try to achieve their goals. Philosopher Ayn Rand once said, “ a creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” Some people are not motivated by competition and do not yearn for

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