Greed For Power And Wealth In Macbeth By William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare’s literary work is still being taught in schools today because of the twisted plot stories and peculiar characters. Throughout the course of time, the greed for power and wealth has allowed people to entirely revise their natural ruling methods and a lot of William Shakespeare’s work revolved around these themes. When a person comes close to achieving a sense of control, all moral implications are completely manipulated as the greed becomes overwhelmingly consuming. Friends and family become enemies to be eliminated and trust is replaced with the paranoia that their once beloved friends are in competition for the very things they have attained themselves. This power corruption that settles in an individual's mind has seen …show more content…

He knew he would become king because of what the witches told him. He didn’t care or really think of all the consequences. Macbeth’s ambition is led by greed and his thirst for more power, the power promised to him through the witches prophecy. Macbeth was too ambitious because the witches prophecy said that he would become king so he didn’t think he had to do things the right way Macbeth assumed that it would just come to him without having to try. Macbeth’s ambition led him to make all the bad choices that he made and those bad choices led to his own destruction. An example of Macbeth’s poor decision making was having the dinner party and inviting everyone when he shouldn’t have had any company over. Macbeth became distraught at the dinner party when he saw Banquo’s ghost and he acted irrationally. “I am in blood Stepp'd in so far, that, should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o'er.” (Macbeth. Act 3. Scene 4). Lady Macbeth had to tell everyone he has been feeling under the weather (Act 3. Scene 4). A lot of the destruction caused by Macbeth could have been avoided if he wasn’t so ambitious. Macbeth might not have made as many mistakes and acted so irrationally if he didn’t know he was going to become king because then he would have had to work for the crown and he would not have been filled with the misleading truths of the witches prophecy. Consumed with ambition, Macbeth was able to …show more content…

The first murder that Macbeth commits is that of King Duncan. At first Macbeth was plagued with guilt but as the play went on, Macbeth began to show signs of no guilt or remorse for what he does. Macbeth ordered to have Banquo and his son Fleance killed because they posed as threats to Macbeth’s spot on the throne. While Macbeth was trying to kill Banquo, his son acted quickly and got away before he could meet the same fate as his father. Although Lady Macbeth committed suicide, Macbeth indirectly was responsible for his wife’s death. In the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth was more in charge than Macbeth and she suggested they kill King Duncan. Coming off tough and not scared of any consequences, Lady Macbeth soon realized she was in over her head when she went up to King Duncan and could not measure up to the horrible deed she and Macbeth conjured up together. King Duncan looking like her father while he slept is the excuse Lady Macbeth admitted to Macbeth when he asked her if she had gone through with the murder (Act 2. Scene 2). That’s when Macbeth decided to perform the act himself. Lady Macbeth was overcome with grief and guilt for the murder of King Duncan that she would sleepwalk. The gentlewoman tells the doctor that Lady Macbeth admits to awful things while she sleep walks. While the doctor was around, Lady Macbeth confessed to murdering King

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