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Theme Of Power And Ambition In Macbeth

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When leaders have power and ambition, history has proven that it can lead to great disaster. This fact is explored throughout Shakespeare's bloodiest play, “Macbeth”. The tragic hero is Macbeth, who was at first, a loyal and strong soldier. His character changes dramatically once his wife, Lady Macbeth, convinces him to murder the king and become it. After this point in time, he changes from a loyal soldier to a tyrant king, killing many of his friends in order to stay king. He loses his sanity and becomes insane with power, leading to the death of him and his wife. Shakespeare shows that power and ambition can bring leaders to their own demise just as what happened to Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. To begin with, Macbeth’s loyalty and dip into evil. In the beginning of the play Macbeth was a seemingly loyal,…show more content…
indicates that Macbeth knows that Duncan is a good king but he has the greed for power that he wants to take from Duncan, showing that Macbeth will truly go to any lengths to get what he needs. Macbeth’s evil actions and thoughts show the reader that if someone has the chance at power, they could repeat Macbeth’s mistakes and try to get it themselves. Doing this can and most likely will lead to an early end of this power, which is shown in Macbeth. Macbeth loses his power rather quickly because of his ambition and want for power, leading to an army trying to kill and over take him. This also shows that power can generally corrupt someone, as shown many times throughout history with leaders and governments, who have greed for power and usually dies, or gets overthrown. In addition to Macbeth’s evil acts, is his fall into insanity. Immediately after killing King Duncan, Macbeth feels regret that leads to his insanity. He becomes more heartless and colder than his wife, to the point that she's scared of him. When he kills Banquo, his guilt overpowers him and he starts to hallucinate, yelling at Banquo’s
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