By studying Macbeth I have learned that ambition and greed can lead to one's downfall. Macbeth goes out of his way and works extremely hard to kill Duncan and obtain the throne from him. Throughout the play, Macbeth keeps his ambition constant by having Banquo and Fleance killed as they starts suspecting Macbeth killed Duncan. (III.2.p.39). "There's comfort yet; they are assailable; there shall be done A deed of dreadful note"
Both greed and power, if not controlled, can lead to destruction. Throughout William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, Shakespeare uses both characters Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to demonstrate how ambition can change one’s personal relationships. As in the beginning of Act 1, Scene 7 Macbeth and Lady Macbeth do not share the same ambition, and it is because of this that their relationship lacks love and affection however through the use of persuasion and other means, Lady Macbeth is able to get Macbeth to pursue her ambition. This not only changes their relationship drastically but it also changes Macbeth’s attitude towards ambition. Throughout the play, Shakespeare shows us through Macbeth, the possibility for ambition to eventually turn into greed and how the lust for power may corrupt us.
Unlike most desires, prestige is one that is shared by all of humanity. For people, prestige is incredibly important in terms of individual and social success. People act on their desire in order to gain prestige. Through stories reflecting the human condition and examples in the modern age, we can see how far people will go for personal success. In life, people are motivated by greed, power, and jealousy to acquire prestige through any means necessary.
Another example of greed contained within the text is the action of Macbeth attempting to murder Banquo and his offsprings. Macbeth had always felt threatened of Banquo’s power and stability in thinking which had added more tension to the situation. It is similar to Macbeth’s first act upon the prophecy, where he was not given much detail about the whole scheme yet he had his ambitions and greed to guide him to his actions. Macbeth had not considered if Banquo’s children would become the reign of Scotland well after Macbeth’s death as a possibility as he was in a place of great paranoia, trying to remain as King. Macbeth has also mentioned the jealousy he had felt to have Banquo continue his legacy whereas Macbeth’s reign was to be led on
“There is a sufficiency in the world for man 's need but not for man 's greed.” This quote was spoken from a wise Indian activist, what he says is a correlation towards the rising greed aspect of the character Macbeth. This play Macbeth was about a soldier who became greedy with power. It is about Macbeth’s Tyrant display when he kills Duncan and orders Banquo to be killed and other violent acts.
Heaven’s Guilt and Hell’s Desire People’s views of Heaven and Hell can change their beliefs of Trust and Betrayal. The idea common concepts for people is that: If the person wants to go to Heaven they shouldn’t betray people and should be trustworthy while if they betrays someone they are likely to get thrown in Hell. In Macbeth, most characters try to avoid damnation by remaining trustworthy.
Macbeth is a tragic hero because he got something he didn’t deserve from being greedy, and everyone is greedy at some point in their lives, and eventually there is someone that comes and guides that greedy person in the right way and teaches them how to not be greedy and tells them that they should appreciate what they have already. In this case Macbeth is lead the wrong way by his wife lady Macbeth, and is told to go much further with his greedy and selfish thoughts. He could have done something else that could of made him a better man, something that
Firstly, Macbeth had betrayed king Duncan. King Duncan thought of Macbeth as a noble, loyal warrior after Macbeth had defeated the Norway leader. Duncan has also rewarded Macbeth crowning him king of Cawdor but, this was not enough for Macbeth after all his hard work he only got crowned king of Cawdor and Duncan 's son got crowned the next king . Macbeth felt he deserves he is Greedy and needs more, he decides if Duncan won 't give him the crown he will have to get it himself. Then to be crowned the next King Macbeth has killed king while Duncan is sleeping in his own castle "he murdered sleep"
Typically, ambition is seen as a positive attribute. However in the play of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, it is seen as a character flaw that will be a central character's downfall, as is the case with Macbeth. His self proclaimed “vaulting ambition” corrupted his once intact morals and was his undoing. Macbeth is an example of a Shakespearean tragedy, where the protagonist starts at the top and, due to hubris, loses everything. The prophecy, “All hail Macbeth!
‘Gainst dawn, I am woke furiously mashing mine keyboard, Mine essay to be created. T’was late, but I see suddenly Mine fine paper with a number so abhorred, Even the milkiest of white-out wilt not suffice. Choler fills me which, In return, fills mine ambition with excitement, But mine ambition drives I to the brink of insanity As twas an all-nighter.