In play Macbeth, Shakespeare reveals that an individual’s great desire for power will lead him/her to perform consequential deeds that will scar his/her conscience and change the outcome of his/her life eternally. Macbeth is informed by three witches that he is going to become king and this initiates Macbeth’s thought of becoming powerful. Macbeth doesn’t act on his thoughts until he tells his wife, Lady Macbeth, that he could become king. Lady Macbeth is extremely power hungry and does all she can to convince Macbeth to be just as desirable as her. Together, they come up with a plan to murder King Duncan, so that Macbeth can become king like the witches foretold.
Shakespeare believes that ambition, when taken too far leads to our destruction as shown through Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. 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).
Banquo’s suspicion evidently leads to his death as Macbeth has him murdered before the banquet. He is also killed for the reason that the prophecy of the witches made it clear that Banquo’s children would be future kings. “But that myself should be the root and father of many kings”(act 3, scene 1, pg 1). Many suspect the king Macbeth but do not dare open their mouths out of fear that them to would be killed. The power the witches predicted Macbeth would have came true and as fate would have it Macbeth’s power grew and so did his influence across the nation so much so that England had started to keep an eye on him and this would lead to his eventual
Macbeth is also a power hungry man who would do just about anything to achieve his goal of becoming King. When Macbeth first hears the prophecies from the three witches he instantly became invested with the journey to become king. Similar to Lady Macbeth, nothing was going to come between him and his potential power, “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man. That function is smother'd in surmise, and nothing is but what is not” (1.3.52-55). This quote exemplifies how Macbeth’s initial solution to becoming king was murder.
The fact that Macbeth had committed treason by killing Duncan fed his paranoia and could only ensure his safety by more action. Macbeth was aware that Banquo could suspect him of committing this crime and could not afford to let him be which lead only to one conclusion, the death of him and his family. In this way Macbeth takes on a more tyrannical view towards those he believes might succeed or even kill him. Gatsby had the money that he needed to win daisy over with al of the lavish parties and having his mansion, and as he uses nick to follow daisy and reconnect with her, Gatsby comes to the realisation that daisy does have someone else and their connection is foreign to him. Gatsby had left for the longest time with the intention of coming back and winning her over with all of the money that he had forged and this fake made up life that he had created for himself, throwing lavish parties and had a no invitation policy among the residents of east and west egg.
He says “I have no spur / To prick the sides of my intent, but only / Vaulting ambition which o’erleaps itself / And falls on th’other”(ActⅠScene ⅶ) Macbeth has enough self-awareness to realize the dangers of killing the king yet his temptation to complete the prophecy is too strong. Another example of ambition is when Lady Macbeth plans the murder of Duncan and continually urges Macbeth to do it in order to fulfill the prophecy and desire. Lady Macbeth puts aside her reasoning and lets her temptation run her actions. Ambition is what drives the both of them to commit such atrocities. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth wanted to be powerful so bad that they were willing to compromise their morals in order to be successful.
Some would argue that Lady Macbeth made him king, but his own desires were truly what fuelled his ambition to do whatever it took to make himself king. “Two truths are told, As happy prologues to the swelling act of the imperial theme” (Shakespeare 1.3 136-138). Lady Macbeth may have pushed Macbeth but he killed the former king and others to make himself king. Macbeth has the blood on his hands, he was not forced into killing anyone he did that out of his own desire to become king. Macbeth wanted to be king because he had the insight to what his future held which fueled his ambition and drive to become
He was killed by Malcolm and Macduff during the small war because he was very ambitious, a little too much so. That is the moral of the story, to not be overly ambitious in life, or it will come back and haunt you. Macbeth and his wife were very ambitious when it came to having power over the country and becoming King and Queen. Lady Macbeth pushed Macbeth to plot the against the King and other innocent people to gain power. Macbeth complied, and realized in the end he did it to satisfy his wife.
He has become king and now will not be usurped of his power, at least not without a fight. Macbeth’s desire for control stimulates his violent behavior. He is willing to do anything to anyone who tries to get in his way, and lady Macbeth is to come up plans and make sure they go as planed, and is willing to do anything to keep her husband Macbeth as king even if it means murder after murder. Macbeth starts to get to violent and decides to hire people to kill certain people who are a threat. Lady Macbeth is not aware of these plans and finds out about them and is overwhelmed.
It was caused when Macbeth finishes his talk with one of the murderer. When he returned he saw the ghost of Banquo sitting in his chair. The guilt cause him to have hallucinations of Banquo appearing, and it drove him crazy. Seeing Banquo had to be a sign of his guilt because he misses him and they were best friends that fought battles together. Macbeth wishes he could take back what he has done to Banquo, but he knows he can't because his ambition is telling him to continue and fight for becoming king.