Shakespeare believes that ambition, when taken too far leads to our destruction as shown through Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a heroic soldier who fights for the king without mercy, but he has strikes for ambition, his curious nature and his wife’s ambition leads him to the witches who told him the prophecies. After the second prophecy has come true, Macbeth has become the thane of Cawdor. He has led to the growth of his ambition by his thought “whose horrid image doth unfix my hair and Ames my seated heart knock at my rib again the use of
From Macbeth’s coronation at Scone to the final scene of the tragedy, the crown is in the hands of an unrightful owner. When Banquo tells Macbeth that Duncan “might yet enkindle [Macbeth] unto the crown,” (1.3.120), the audience sees the first signs of the crown changing owners. Macbeth presently gets the crown, but because he has won the crown through a regicide, he cannot enjoy the power he has received. He admits that “to be thus is nothing, / but to be safely thus” (3.1.49-50), stating that it is nothing to have the title of king unless he is a worthy king. This use of dramatic irony shows that though the crown should show authority, when Macbeth wears the crown it displays deception.
In Act 3, Scene 1 of Shakespeare’s play, the Tragedy of Macbeth, Macbeth confronts the prophecy that Banquo would father kings during his soliloquy. Shakespeare’s purpose was to depict Macbeth’s frenzied suspicion and desire to maintain his position of power, establishing the idea that the difference between kingship and tyranny lies in the presence or absence of compassion, morality, and logic. By the utilization of diction and allusion, he exemplifies a paranoid tone to convey Macbeth’s spiral into madness to his audience of Elizabethans. In a time where supernatural beings were widely feared among his audience, they may have sympathized with or understood Macbeth’s loss of logic due to comprehending the extents people will go to when feeling distressed. Shakespeare articulates the distressed tone through the use of contrasting diction in comparing Macbeth and Banquo.
Our fears in Banquo/ Stick deep and his royalty of nature/...when first they put the name of king upon me/ And bode them speak to him/ Then, prophet like. / They hailed him father to a line of kings. /Only for them; and mine eternal jewel/ Given to the common enemy of noon, /To make them rings, the seeds of Banquo king!/ Rather than so, come fate in the list” (III.I.50-73). Since then, Macbeth knows Banquo’s prophecies while they become a threat to Macbeth. At the beginning of the play Banquo is given the prophecies that his children will be the king, therefore, this becomes a threat toward Macbeth.
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.
“We won’t have a cure for diseases until we first have a cure for greed.” Dr.Sachin Patel. In the play Macbeth written by William Shakespeare, was about a Scottish general named Macbeth, who received a prophecy from three witches, that one he will become king. Along, with his ambition together with his eagerness to become king, he seeks guidance from his wife, Lady Macbeth and killed King Duncan. Throughout, the story he let his ambition turn into greed which earned the best of him. All through the story Macbeth changes as well as shows what ambition turns into greed looks like.
As a result of Macbeth’s ambition, he creates a path of destruction, thinking that in the end, he will gain ultimate power, authority, and success but really ends up establishing his own death. Macbeth’s ambition steers Macbeth in an aggressive and murderous trail to the throne. Macbeth’s ambition is his tragic flaw in which he suffers from. After the witches prophecy, Macbeth’s crave for authority led him to kill King Duncan. When Macbeth was crowned King, Macbeth entered dangerous paranoia, frightful that anyone with bloodlines to the throne, was a threat.
His unchecked ambition is his tragic flaw and can be seen developing as the story progresses. After the witches prophesize that Macbeth will become king, Macbeth becomes infatuated with the idea of being king and possessing great power. Lady Macbeth also is stricken by the idea. Upon hearing
Macbeth himself, is one of the reasons for the tragic events that occurs throughout Shakespeare 's play, Macbeth. Macbeth is known to be a dreadful hero with a troublesome flaw; his flaw, which is ambition, affects him to eventually make poor decisions guided by Lady Macbeth and the witches, and, he is manipulated to secrete his conscience which ultimately leads hims to a path of destruction and to his own death. For instance, when the witches come to tell him his three prophecies, he is Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor and will be the king hereafter, his ambition leads him to think that to be king, he must murder Duncan. He says, “My thoughts, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man that function is smothered in surmise and nothing is, but what is not” (1.3.151-154). Here Macbeth realises that what the witches have told him are still a fantasy, yet he starts to think about murdering the king to become king himself.
At the beginning of the play Shakespeare describes Macbeth as a hero. But however, his ambition overcame his good nature when the three witches professed Macbeth a prophecy and it caused Macbeth to believe everything they said. When they told him he would one day be king of Scotland, he decided to take the bloody path, which gradually led him to more power. Macbeth’s power and ambition unfortunately
Macbeth At the beginning, Macbeth glorifies as a victorious soldier and crowns as The Thane of Glamis. But after hearing the three witches ' prophecies, “All hail, Macbeth! Hail thee, Thane of Glamis!, Thane of Cawdor!, that shalt be king hereafter”(Shakespeare I.iii.11), Macbeth 's ambition rises and transforms him into an evil character. In Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Macbeth 's quest for power causes him to become greedy, commit murders and experience guilt, which ultimately leads to his mental decline. Firstly, Macbeth 's desire for power leads to greed which causes his mental decline.
Although he 's tried everything that he can to go against the prophecy, by trying to avoid it he ran right into the prophecy. He has killed Laius and married Jocasta. Unknowingly, he and his mother, Jocasta had been fulfilling the prophecy. Oedipus had been ashamed of fulfilling the prophecy, so he gouged his eyes so he could not see the faces of those who looked down on him. In the play Oedipus The King, Oedipus ran from his destiny, blinded by truth.
Macbeth’s desperation and the decision of overly trusting the Weird Sisters in Act 4, taking their forecasts too literally as well as letting others’ ideas influence him eventually leads to his downfall as their main goal is to create evil and dominate his mind. This is where Macbeth’s character shifts significantly as he becomes increasingly confident and puts his ambition over conscience. As a result, he is no longer honored and respected by the people of Scotland and he hates to admit that he is not able to govern properly as he wishes the doctor can cure the country. It is evident that others perceive Macbeth from this point on as a madman and devil especially with Caithness and Angus’ descriptions of him being a “dwarfish thief” and unfit for being the king as he claimed it illegally while not realizing the demands upon him. He lacks the greatness, character, and ability to fill the role.