In conclusion, the idea that Macbeth is a work in which human feelings mix with enigma and mystery should be highlighted. The struggle between good and evil plays a very significant role in the success of Macbeth. In this case, the good would be Macbeth’s thoughts towards the murder of King Duncan, before when he thought as a loyal soldier would. The evil won and he became ambitious and oblivious to his actions just to end up dead, killed by Macduff as revenge for his family. The blood on every page of the play shows the guilt of Macbeth and how it drove him to the end, just for his
Ambition is a strong source of hope and strive for many people, and this ambition can lead to both good and bad results. In The Tragedy of Macbeth, William Shakespeare shows how the main character, Macbeth, and his strong ambitions can be led astray by outside forces as well as his own feelings for greatness. In the play, Macbeth is a strong warrior that is respected by all, but throughout the play, he is influenced by the evil around him and ultimately turns into an ambitious monster that craves power as well as the throne. Through his ambitions, Macbeth turns corrupt and slowly becomes so evil that even his guilt feeds his ambitions. Ambition can be a good sense of strive, but when influenced and supported by the wrong people, it can also be used as a
Creon says “I have been rash and foolish.” Creon’s realization becomes even clearer when both his son and his wife kill themselves. When he finds out about the suicides he says, “I am the guilty cause. I did the deed.” He finally admits that he was in the wrong and that his destruction is ultimately his own fault. This has the audience left with pity for Creon. If he had just realized his mistake earlier on he would not have lost his loved ones.
At the beginning of William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ the protagonist Macbeth is described as ‘brave’, ‘noble’ and ‘honourable’, however Lady Macbeth’s and Macbeths desire for power consumes them. Macbeth’s ambition overrides his conscience and transformed his greatest strength into his greatest weakness. Macbeth’s inability to resist temptations that led him to be greedy for power, Macbeth’s easily manipulative nature which allowed his mind to be swayed, Macbeth having no self control and his excessive pride was what allowed him to renew his previously honourable and celebrated title into one of an evil ‘tyrant’. Macbeth is led by the prophecies of the witches after they foretell he will become the Thane of Cawdor. Not only the witches, but also his wife easily manipulate Macbeth as she attacks his manhood in order to provoke him to act on his desires.
Macbeth now views himself as bit of a machiavellian ruler, using schemes and deception to achieve his twisted goals. He proves this when he convinces a few murderers to assassinate Banquo and his son Fleance and again later when he does the same to Macduff's family. Macbeth is blinded by his obsession with prophecies and cannot see or refuses to believe the damage he is causing to the people around him such as lady Macbeth or the country he rules. His self perception changes once more near the end of the play spiraling even
'Hatred is blind and anger deaf: the one who pours himself a cup of vengeance is likely to drink bitter draught ' (569). Later in the novel, Villefort commands his wife to commit suicide because she is dishonorable. The same self-justice he hates caused his wife and son to commit suicide. He realizes he has no room to judge after this action. Simply put, the audience learns only God can judge
Readers see throughout the play that with the influence of the witches prophecies Macbeth’s blind ambition leads him down a path of destruction. Following with the idea of a tragic hero though, Macbeth 's biggest flaw is his ambition as well as (((impressionability))). He is so impressionable by the prophecies the three witches provide him with as well as Lady Macbeth 's persuasive words. His ambition blinds him from seeing that the prophecies of becoming king, and not being killed by a man born of woman are leading him to his own death! The Witches also told Macbeth to be bold and brave which lead him to be a little too (((Insert word))) so he does little to protect himself and the castle.
There is no way that only a pursuit of power would drive someone this crazy to murder people who are not even threats to his goal as king so why do it in the first place? While nearing the end of the play, readers can see that Macbeth is using different coping methods to deal with his guilt such as doing other laborious tasks to distract his thoughts which is something people do a lot when dealing with guilt on any level of extremity. Another thing we see is how Macbeth feels that he has to lie about what he has done to keep himself safe. He feels burdened by what he has done and as a professor who studied Shakespeare 's plays once said “The more he lies, the more he cripples his conscience. The more he deceives, the deeper the trauma embeds itself in his mind” (Evans).
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.
Nowadays, we would say, “He succeeded in his career because he was ambitious,” thus we consider ambition a positive trait. However, when we understand that a certain character in Shakespeare’s plays is ambitious, we just expect his/her downfall. Ambition in the Renaissance, the time when Shakespeare wrote, had a negative connotation. People who were called ambitious were thought to be power-hungry, selfish, and a threat to the others. These three tragic heroes possess tragic flaw that leads them to their downfall; all of them were stabbed to death.