Throughout William Shakespeare’s tragic play, King Lear, the goal of gaining control over the kingdom and boasting about one’s status drove the characters to deceive each other through the use of lies and manipulation. Right from the start, King Lear demanded that his daughter profess their love for him, causing Regan and Goneril to exaggerate their love all to flatter their father and gain the most of his land. When it was Cordelia’s turn, even though she spoke from her heart about how much her father means to her, her words did not praise her father enough as he insisted she revise her confession. Act 1 Scene 1 started the destruction of the Lear family as Regan and Goneril proved successful in gaining their father’s land by spreading lies
As the two sisters fight over who loves their father more, they demonstrate to the audience that they are selfish and manipulative. They take advantage of their father’s old age and use their words to get gain for themselves. They do the exact opposite of what daughters are supposed to do during those times. “The representation of patriarchal misogyny is most obvious in the treatment of Goneril and Regan...Goneril’s and Regan’s treatment of their father...is seen...as a fundamental violation of human nature” (Bruce). God was most powerful, followed by men, who were followed by women.
At first, he is a loyal and courageous Thane for Duncan; however, he becomes deceitful once he decides to kill the king. He becomes blinded by the prophecy and persuasion by his wife, Lady Macbeth. As a result, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth act accordingly to gain and maintain power. Throughout Macbeth, Shakespeare proves unchecked ambitions are not worth seeking as they can cause an individual to sacrifice themselves and their morals. Macbeth attempts to immorally control his own fate by ignoring his conscience to pursue his ambition.
He devises a secret plan to encourage Miranda and Prospero’s relationship: "But this / swift business / I must uneasy make, lest too light winning / Make the prize light" (1.2.542-545). He promotes their love by pretending to disapprove of them. By doing so, Ferdinand must fight for Miranda and will consider her worth the struggle. He involves himself in their relationship right from the beginning. This act is merely a part of solidifying his revenge to ensure he will be related to the royal family.
The pursuit of the American Dream brings negative results to Gatsby because he becomes greedy, unrealistic, and dishonest, which shows that chasing dreams can destroy one’s life. Gatsby fails to accomplish the American Dream by being too greedy on wanting love. He works hard in life in order to be the man that Daisy wants him to be. The moment Gatsby meets Daisy again; she has a husband already. Although Gatsby knows that she marries Tom, he still wants to be with her.
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 strikes for ambition, his curious nature and his wife’s ambition leads 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
“Either to die the death or to abjure Forever the society of men. Therefore, fair Hermia, question your desires.” (I.i.6.65-70). Dubiously Theseus has more sympathy towards Hermia than her own father and decides to give her a gentle warning, for he knows the consequences of her decision, but even though the stakes are high Hermia refuses to give up her own wishes for that of her selfish father. “There, gentle Hermia, may I marry thee. And to that place the sharp Athenian law Cannot pursue us.
Macbeth wanted to make sure that his throne was secured, so he murder his friend. That will help him keep the secret forever. In additional of the Macbeth persuade toward the murder is “your patience so predominant in your nature that you can let this go? Are you gospeled to pay for this good man and for his issue, whose heavy hand has bowed you to the grave and beggars your forever?”(3.1.95). This prove that when Macbeth has his throne he did not enjoy with his power life but he has worry that Banquo will find out Macbeth’s wicked action.
In the play of Macbeth, Shakespeare tells a story of a man and wife whose ambitions get the best of them. The couple seek to gain power in their kingdom, however there is already a king in power. Lady Macbeth is determined to become queen of the throne, and decides to push her husband to do so as well. Their determination to hold power brings out the dark demons in them while causing them to lose everything. The natural and moral evil in them is exposed as they push their moral boundaries to keep their power.
In ‘My Last Duchess’ the duke couldn’t love his wife as she was too flirtatious and too easily made happy. The monologues satiric condemnation of the duchess as she “liked whate’er/She looked on” and “blushed” as “she thanked men” is heavy in irony, for in each criticism he bestows on the late duchess, the duke reveals his own distasteful nature. This is in stark contrast to Porphyria’s lover, who killed out of a warped sense of love. The speakers desperation to keep his lover forever and shut out society’s unjust rules on social standings, led him to “strangle her”, which is also a metaphor for being strangled by his emotions, subtly reaching for sympathy from the audience. Browning unexpectedly introduced love into a poem about murder, by using techniques such as metaphors and personification to give the speaker an indirect motive,