The Destructive Force of Human Ambition In Shakespearean time and within his plays, ambition was viewed as a downfall in character and a defiance to human nature. In today’s world, ambition is viewed as a respectable attribute in both males and females. Yet, In William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, the destructive force of ambition transcends time. Although centuries apart, Macbeth, a noble who wants to seize the position of King, and Tonya Harding, a figure skater who wants to win an Olympic gold, are two examples of ambition, its misuses and consequences.
It is human nature to want power, to be at the top of the pyramid, to be king/queen, but that comes at a price as shown in Macbeth. In the play, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth will do anything to have absolute power and nothing stands in their way. From killing to going completely mad, they will become the next king and queen at all costs. The ambition and the want for power is so high that they kill many, they do whatever they can to be one step closer, and they go completely insane, all because they want that absolute power.
Macbeth was written over 400 years ago, yet the play’s themes are still applicable. The themes ambition, betrayal, and deceit are still being portrayed in stories and movies today. These themes not only make for an entertaining story, but also teach lessons. Macbeth longed to be king so badly that he killed for it.
Ambition Ambition is a strong desire to do or to achieve something, requiring determination and hard work. In the play Macbeth ambition is dramatically used as a dangerous quality. In the way that Macbeth will even kill innocent lives, for example the guards, just to achieve what he has always wanted, which is to be king. Macbeth is willing to do anything so no one can take him out of power or over throw his throne. Although maybe his wicked ambition may not have been the best choice, ambition was the driving force of Macbeth.
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.
Ambition. One of the most controversial topics that critics of Macbeth can talk about. It’s in almost every aspect of the play. Every major character in Macbeth has their own ambitions. The characters that have self-centered ambitions and create violence are some of the more memorable characters in the play.
The coming of age is the process of growing up or entering adulthood, a stage of life that every living thing goes through from human to fish, although it comes at times that are unexpected and at any age, sometimes it might be fast or it could be a slow process. In the book TKM many characters go through the coming of age from old to young. This essay will be talking about Scout, Boo,and Jem and their journey through the coming of age. The sense I have decided upon is the scene where Scout and Jem are attacked In the forest, On the way home from a the school play. And how literary terms affect the thought of the scene First in the book TKM when Scout and Jem get attacked I believed this played a large role in Scouts coming of age.
Political leaders naturally have ambition but leaders like Napoleon and Adolf Hitler gained too much ambition that eventually led to their downfall. In february of 1807 the battle of eylau took place between Russia and France, it eventually led to negotiations between them on the island of tilsit. I got my quote from the article DISCovering Biography, “his ambition seemed limitless but he was not omnipotent”. At this point napoleon had endless ambition and drive, he defeated European power after European power, rearranged the map and enforced french dominance. Nevertheless he was not all powerful , he still had to take control of England.
‘Gainst dawn, I am woke furiously mashing mine keyboard, Mine essay to be created. T’was late, but I see suddenly Mine fine paper with a number so abhorred, Even the milkiest of white-out wilt not suffice. Choler fills me which, In return, fills mine ambition with excitement, But mine ambition drives I to the brink of insanity As twas an all-nighter.
According to Heath Ledger, “Madness, as you know, is a lot like gravity, all it takes is a little push.”. When we were kids, we were taught to follow the path of good to gain power, but what will happen if you become tempted and start down the path of evil? The answer is simple, you will be driven into madness. If you let power get to your head, it will eventually drive you mad.