Along came the witches and prophesied that Macbeth will be king of Scotland. The good trait of ambition that gave him a title of the new Thane also gave him the title of king but through the action of murder. It was not long lasting though, and his flaw of ambition that got him those high-class titles also ended him with defeat and death. Macbeth through all this knows that he has gone too far and that he can not escape his problems. Macbeth expresses this by stating,“ I am in blood/
The character trait downfall that Macbeth suffers from is his ambition for more power. Macbeth’s wife has an ambition for power also and might even have a bigger thirst for it than her husband. She already wanted Macbeth to kill the king when finding about and pushed for him to do it when he was unsure
Leadership that comes from one person can either lead their followers to triumph or to horrible devastation. The outcome of which all hinges on the leader's view of their role and their followers role. A difference in the view of what true leadership is, is what separates Macduff and Malcolm from Macbeth. Before Macbeth even fully commits to the idea of killing Duncan he admits that Duncan “hath borne his faulties so meek, hath been so clear in his great office (1.7.17-18).” At this this point in the play he is clearly acknowledging Duncan’s success and popularity throughout Scotland.
Macbeth’s ambition is one of the most prominent things that drive Macbeth in the play and truly becomes evident when he hears of the Witches prophecies. When the witches stop talking, he demands to know more. “Stay you imperfect speakers, tell me more” (I, III, 73-74). This portrays his excessive curiosity on the subject as well as his craving for more desirable prophecies. This ambitious nature and craving for power is also demonstrated only moments after hearing the witches, when he starts formulating a plan to kill Duncan in order to make the third prophecy come true.
Man craves power, the witches said what Macbeth wanted to hear. These were hopes and dreams of a man driven by blind ambition to rule. In act one, scene three, the witches inspire Macbeth by saying “All hail Macbeth, Hail to thee, that shall be king hereafter” (Shakespeare Macbeth’s Act I,
Without the use of paradox throughout the play, the play would not make any sense at all. Near the beginning of the play, there are three witches who tell Macbeth of a prophesy to become King of Scotland, in which the witches chant, “fair is foul and foul is fair” to foreshadow the entirety of what lies ahead (I, i, 10-11). The phrase signifies that what lies ahead is fair and foul, however good is bad and bad is good. This truly gets its meaning when Macbeth kills King Duncan. He kills Duncan, and completes a foul act.
In the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a heroic soldier who fights for the king without mercy, but he has struck for ambition, his curious nature and his wife’s ambition lead 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
During their time together, the witches give Macbeth another prophecy by telling him “beware Macduff; beware the thane of Fife... Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn the power of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth... Be lion-mettled, proud; and take no care Who chafes, who frets, or where conspirers are: Macbeth shall never vanquish 'd be until Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill shall come against him” (Mac.4.1.81-107). Since Macbeth was told to beware of Macduff, he decides he is going to kill Macduff. When he goes to carry out the plan, Macduff is not there, but he instead he kills Macduff’s wife and kids. For a third time Macbeth is doing something morally wrong due to what the witches told him about his fate, that he would have never done had they never told him.
This becomes ultimately true as he loses his fight with Macduff. The prophecy yet tricks Macbeth as in the beginning it seems all fair and square to him yet it is deceiving. This is ironic in the sense that Macbeth was a deceitful to King Duncan before he murdered him. The same sort of influence came around to him which caused him his life at the end. Shakespeare focuses the three witches to make the reader get greater sense of deception which is the main theme of this
Absolute power corrupts absolutely… unless, your absolute power is a “God-given” privilege, obviously. The ambition for power can drive a man to murder anyone (men, women, and children). When analyzing Macbeth, it becomes clear that the character of Macbeth demonstrates the potential destructiveness of power and ambition. His traits of being ambitious, a fighter, and (after Lady Macbeth persuades him to commit his sinful deeds) an overall evil figure (murdering all who stand in his path in being the ruler of Scotland) leads to destruction through power and ambition.
The Power of Ambition For many individuals pride is the driving force behind motivation and ambition but when one’s pride gets the best of him or her it can cause the individual to break down and self destruct. Every human has a little pride in them but when that pride becomes selfish and done for personal benefit that is when it can become dangerous, taking focus away from the things that really matter like honor, love, family, friends and integrity. In his play, Macbeth, Shakespeare suggests that if one’s motivation is selfish and pride-driven, eventually honor and integrity are lost leading to one’s destruction. Initially, when one’s selfish ambition and motivation is just starting to grow, one is able to maintain honor and integrity.
William Shakespeare’s Macbeth shows how greed and paranoia affect one’s actions. Macbeth, a war hero who seeks prestige and power, loses control of himself, and commits heinous acts of violence and corruption. With his actions being enabled by the three witches who prophesy his ascension to the throne of Scotland, Macbeth becomes overwhelmed with pride, and acts rashly with the belief that he is infallible. He aggressively pursues any threat to his rule by ruthlessly killing any of suspicious individual, even his ally Banquo, whose descendants are foretold to succeed Macbeth’s rule of Scotland.
Word Count:697 Consequences of Choices While the motivating factor of people's choices are all different, their decision they make, is what determines the consequences. In the play 'Macbeth,' we see how Macbeth's poor decisions and lack of character leads to his tragic death. Because of Macbeth's decision to kill Duncan, his decision to assassinate Banquo, and his decision to visit the witches, the consequences of his actions lead to his death. Macbeth's decision to have Duncan killed, leads to consequences that cause his downfall.
Ambition When someone has ambition it can be the motivation behind their rise. While they can achieve great things along the way, their downfall can come just as quickly. Ambition can cause someone to make terrible decisions and the consequences of those actions contribute to their fall. Many poems, stories and plays written during the time of Middle English, poets would often compose their writing around a few select themes.