People kill, commit crimes, or harm others just to gain something. Greed in society has caused a lot of demolition to the world. Wars have been happening for stuff such as gaining land or power in which have only resulted in the killing of millions of people and destruction. People choose fame or some type of material over anything and they will do anything to achieve it. Destruction has continued in the world due to greed.
“Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” (Napoleon Hill). The main character of the play, Macbeth, was known to be a good, honest man who was faithful to his king and would do anything to protect his country. In the play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, Macbeth undergoes a transformation from good to evil, which brings him the position of king, but also to his death. However terrible this may appear, Macbeth did not turn from an honest and loyal soldier to an evil tyrant alone; key motivational factors guided him into the path of evil.
Claudius is a perfect example of greed. He killed the king in order to obtain the throne. As it said in the book ¨murder most foul, as in the best it is, but this most foul, strange, and unnatural.¨ Claudius was greedy and wanted what his brother had. Instead of
“Reverence toward the gods must be safeguarded. The mighty words of the proud are paid in full with mighty blows of fate”(1467-1470) This quote tells us the downfall of Creon and how disobeying the gods with arrogance are punished by fate. This quote and the corrupt actions of Creon are evidence for the message of the play. Sophocles shows us how the selfish acts of the arrogant king who made these decisions on his own killed his loved ones by defying the gods.
He is “fated” to become king – this is known to the weird sisters, who also know that ambition is his hamartia. In this way, they orchestrate this “hurly - burly” and are keen on watching the catastrophe unfold before them. Considering the fact that these thoughts that “shake” the “single state” of Macbeth only take place after hearing the prophecies of the weird sisters, one can deduce that his own uninfluenced ambition would not have led him to such disastrous actions. Macbeth tries to console his “black and deep” desires by telling himself that “chance” will give him the crown, but the weird sisters awake such a murderous ambition within him that he cannot tame his own mind and consequently finds himself following a “dagger of the mind” to commit an action so grievous that the trustworthy soldier within him will never have enough peace to “sleep” again.
If Lady Macbeth respected Macbeth’s decisions in not wanting to kill the King, then it would not have led to the guilt’s and consequences they both faced at the end of the story. Since Lady Macbeth is as capable of prime evil as any other man, there should not be discrimination or greater punishment between man and woman in any crimes they commit. Men and women should be punished equally and Shakespeare proves that both genders can be equally as violent and guilty as one
The people love him, Macbeth is his host, and he is afraid of getting caught. Despite these considerations, however, Lady Macbeth convinces him. She tells him that they will murder Duncan at night, and they will blame it on the guards. After Macbeth agrees to the plan, explains that he has “no spur To prick the sides of my intent, but only Vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself And falls on the other…” (I, sc vii, 25-27).
Bound by Fate, Pained by Free Will For centuries, many people have debated and grappled with the idea of fate versus free will. Is a person’s life controlled by fate or is a person entirely responsible for their actions and subsequent consequences? American Professor Randy Pausch describes the relationship between fate and free will well when he writes, “We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the game”. In the tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, it appears as though Macbeth’s fate is predetermined from the beginning, however, it is his actions that determine how he reaches his destiny.
Had he been honest, perhaps his life would have had another stream. In this play Claudius represents the worst in human nature -- lust, greed, corruption, and excess. Claudius and his corrupt court lie in the pleasures of the
Pedro Páramo offered this greedy man a small property in order for him to pretend to be a revolutionary to keep off the real revolutionaries off his land. Damasio acquired the land he desired, but lost his morality along the way: he became corrupt.
Macbeth Power corrupts. A simple truth, oft repeated. However, for Macbeth, that truth became all too real, as he became corrupted simply to attain power. At the beginning of Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, the title character is a Thane in Scotland, a high rank. On his journey home from war, he and his friend Banquo encounter three witches, who appear, as Banquo describes them, as “women, and yet your beards forbid me to interpret that you are so.”
Who is responsible for Macbeth’s corruption? In Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, Macbeth is introduced as a courageous, noble hero of Scotland, who has bravely defeated the Norwegians. The play begins with three witches discussing Macbeth’s fate of rising to power. Shortly after, Macbeth encounters these witches and learns the prophecies.
The quest for power in literature leas the character’s actions which in turn reveal and enhance the reason why the work was written. Shakespeare uses Macbeth and his quest for power in order to show that the desire for power leads to the fall of these tyrannical people. First, Macbeth’s quest for power shows how easily anyone can seek power which causes actions that one would normally not do. Macbeth was a nobleman who had met witches that told him he would become king which he believed meant that he had to kill the king.
During the story of The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, there is a major debate over who the real villain Lady Macbeth is or Macbeth himself. “A villain is a cruelly Malicious person who is involved in or devoted to wickedness or crimes; scoundrel” as defined by the online dictionary. By this definition it describes Macbeth rather than Lady Macbeth since he actually commits crimes. In the beginning when Macbeth visits the three weird sisters they give him three predictions.
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.