Ambition In The Tragedy Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare

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The Tragedy of Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, utilizes the ambition of the character Macbeth to enhance the tragic life him and his wife experienced. Macbeth is a highly respected Knight under King Duncan of Scotland. He is the Thane of Glamis and later on the Thane of Cawdor as predicted by the Weird Sisters. The Weird Sisters visit Macbeth in Act I Scene iii, after him and Banquo defeat the allied forces of Norway and Ireland. The visit consisted of telling Macbeth he will become the Thane of Cawdor and the king of Scotland. This prophecy sparks the beginning of Macbeth putting action into his ambition. Once he tells his wife, Lady Macbeth, she pushes the idea of being king on him. Macbeth digs a large hole for himself…show more content…
Macbeth believes Banquo is a threat to his throne. Macbeth’s paranoia causes him to hire Murderers to kill Banquo. Before Banquo dies he cries out one last statement to his son Fleance. He shouts, “Thou may’st revenge -O slave!” (III.iii.18). The idea of revenge on Macbeth is first begins here and is a subject of the play till the end. The Witches meet with Macbeth again and warn him to “[b]eware the Thane of Fife” (IV.i.71-72). Macbeth becomes paranoid and believes MacDuff is a threat to his throne as well. He decides to hire the Murderers again to kill him. Instead these Murderers kill his mother and son. Macbeth’s actions causes Macduff to seek revenge. The Witch’s statement is evident to be true. Macduff and others desire revenge on Macbeth because of his ambition. In the denouement, Macduff, Malcolm, and Siward plan to kill Macbeth. Malcolm plans that “every soldier hew him down a bough / And bear’t before him” (V.iv.4-5). Malcolm’s plan reveals his and Macduff’s desire to have revenge on Macbeth for the actions he has done. They proceed to gather an army together and travel to Macbeth. When they arrive they kill Macbeth, they end his ambitious…show more content…
Macbeth the, the Knight under King Duncan, has a hidden desire for the throne. The Weird Sisters visit Macbeth to explain his destiny. They explain his future holds the throne to Scotland. Upon finding this out, Macbeth figures he must kill Duncan. Macbeth reveals the prophecies to Lady Macbeth. She believes the idea is perfect and agrees with him to do it. When Macbeth begins to have second thoughts, she manipulates him into doing the deed. Once Macbeth kills Duncan he becomes paranoid. Macbeth views people as a threat and decides to hire men to kill others for him. Macbeth’s paranoia causes Macduff, Malcolm, and many others to seek revenge. They plan to journey to Macbeth and end his ambitious actions. The ambitious life and suffering of Macbeth is similar to the life of Aaron Hernandez. Aaron Hernandez, a professional football play for the New England Patriots, desired the life of money and respect. His desire causes him to become involved with gangs and the crimes following the life. His love for respect drives him to kill a man for threatening to disrespect him. The ambition he contained caused him to follow the ambition rather than his conscience. Ambition is a treacherous disease causing the action and demise of any person

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