Thousands of leaders have come and gone, yet not all were true to their people and often chose a corrupted path full of absolute power and tyranny. Although determination and willpower helps people obtain a position of leadership, this same drive can lead to arrogance and an abuse of power. Hundreds of pieces of literature highlight this frequently seen concept of leaders and William Shakespeare was no different when he wrote the play Macbeth. Shakespeare wrote many tragedies to reflect humanity’s turmoils and shining moments and the tragic hero of the play, Macbeth, best displays such truths as the reader is led through his immoral path to overthrow King Duncan and assume the throne. The corruption of power is not that uncommon and Macbeth
Kayla Mansell Ms.Weldon English 4 12 February 2018 William Shakespeare In William Shakespeare's play, Macbeth shows ambition, violence, and manhood, which the actors demonstrated these traits through their actions. William Shakespeare portrayed these themes in the play, Macbeth. Ambition is a strong desire to do or to achieve something typically requiring determination and hard work. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth were good people, but they let their ambition get the best of them.
“Fair is foul, and foul is fair,” is a quote used to start off the play “The Tragedy of Macbeth.” That quote is used to portray how everything in life that is fair is more than likely not okay, and everything that is not okay is fair. This play was written in 1606 by William Shakespeare. How is this play still relevant to this day in time?
“Greed is so destructive. It destroys everything.” Eartha Kitt. Macbeth was a true Shakespearean tragic hero. He had many noble qualities as well as several tragic flaws.
In Macbeth, the most shown factor is pride. When Macbeth was told by the witches that he would become king, the seed of pride was planted in his heart, and with encouragement from others, manifested quickly. Macbeth kills people he claims to care about, and starts a war all based on his pride. He deems himself more worthy and important than everyone, even his wife.
In the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a heroic soldier who fights for the king without mercy, but he has track by 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 nature? Present fears are less than horrible imaginings” (1.3.150).
How the Ambitions of Macbeth and Commodus Leads to their Inevitable Downfalls Ambition, “a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work” (Google). The characters of Macbeth and Commodus within William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth and Ridley Scott’s movie Gladiator, both display ambition in its worst form. Macbeth and Commodus shared a very similar route to power after being swallowed by ambition; both characters gained their seat on the throne through deception, family, and murder. Firstly, One tool used by both characters was their different ways of deceiving their peers to get what they want. Macbeth’s first act of deception was much like Commodus’; they both killed the King of their respective countries to try and take the crown for themselves.
This concept of Macbeths lust for power and at large ambition is first conveyed in Act 1 scene 2. Firstly, Shakespeare conveys these ideas by using phrases such as "Valour 's minion" (the servant of Courage) and "Bellona 's bridegroom" (the husband of War) which exemplify Macbeths heroism which is effective as it sets the Kings critique of Macbeths integrity (2016 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). In Macbeth one of the very first lines a captain announces a speech to King Duncan about ‘brave’ Macbeth saying, “For brave Macbeth—well he deserves that name—Disdaining fortune, with his brandished steel, which smoked with bloody execution, like valour’s minion carved out his passage” (1.2.16-19). At first glimpse it is highly evident that Macbeth is a loyal man to the King this is better explained by the epithet that has been used in order to portray Macbeth; as things like
William Shakespeare 's character Macbeth in the book, Macbeth, had this problem happen to him. Macbeth was so ambitious to gain power and become the king that he did anything and everything he could to gain that power. Macbeth was so ambitious for power that he became mad trying to figure out if murder was the right way to go, “If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well / It were done quickly: if the
Tamara Z. In Shakespeare's tragic play Macbeth , The named character finds himself in conflict with what he believes to be morally right and his lust for power. This burning desire leads Macbeth to make corrupt decisions which ultimately result in his downfall and the downfall of the kingdom . When Macbeth hears his prophecy he is swayed by the witches and later by his wife , who challenges his manhood and fuels his desire . Macbeth quickly takes matters into his own hands and disrupts fate and nature .
Nevertheless, the encouragements of the witches and Lady Macbeth, Macbeth is entirely accountable for his own downfall. Throughout the Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, Macbeth is a tragic hero who abolishes himself by his own wicked and selfish determinations. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is portrayed as a brave, noble hero of Scotland who has fearlessly won the war. As the story progresses, Macbeth soon becomes a tyrant king who is willing to kill anyone who becomes a danger to his kingdom. Although Macbeth is influenced by a number of things, his deep desire and character persuades his ambition.
Those who work diligently in the face of a problem work harder and remain humble in order to overcome the issue at hand. Others who are power hungry, however, remain selfish and greedy. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth, the Macbeth’s were modest and worked hard for what they wanted- which was power. When it is achieved, the power consumes them and controls their actions. Adversity causes Macbeth to work harder and use the help of the other men around him, yet when he ultimately acquires the power he is searching for, it goes to his head, causing him to act in violence by murdering those who he believes stand in his way.
Macbeth’s Thirst For Power “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” (Brainyquotes.com). British historian, Lord Acton explains that people with complete and absolute power over others always eventually abuse this power and it goes to their head. These words perfectly describe the way that the quest for power and ambition takes a toll on a person and can lead to tragedy such as in William Shakespeare's Macbeth.
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.
Since the Macbeth’s wanted power so badly, they use excessive amount of force to get what they want causing them to lose themselves in their inner evil. In the play, Macbeth, the corrupting influence of power can cause people like the Macbeth’s to do acts they wouldn’t normally do. After hearing that the Macbeth’s could become king and queen, they plan on doing something treacherous. First, Macbeth was very loyal to Duncan, he would fight till the death for him.