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Why Is Macbeth's Blind Ambition

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Ambition Helen Keller once said “character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” People inspired by ambition can accomplish great things. However, when tempted by their desires, people can destroy themselves as well. These desires can simply be too much for any one person or two to overcome. In William Shakespeare’s dramatic tragedy ‘Macbeth’, ambition is portrayed throughout and Macbeth, a Scottish Noblemen is overcome by his desires. His downfall and destruction was caused by his blind ambition leading to his fatal flaw. Before his ambition overtakes him, Macbeth is a loyal, honest man. He serves Duncan, the king of Scotland, with total devotion. From the start of the play, the weird sisters (three witches) enact how important Macbeth is to their evil scheme. When Macbeth meets the three witches, they immediately have an everlasting relationship. Macbeth views them as honest and quickly believes the three prophecies. Macbeth is confused when the three witches say “hail to thee Tane Glamis/ hail thee Thane of Cawdor/ all…show more content…
When Duncan arrives at Macbeth’s castle, Lady Macbeth’s fake attitude towards the king resemble the prophecies of Macbeth’s are corrupting her also. Macbeth wants to kill Duncan, but still feels loyalty to his king and friend as “his kinsman and his subject (I.vii.13).” A deadly illusion is created, “Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle towards my hand? Come, let me clutch thee (II.ii.32-33)” to make sure he does not move away from his ambition of becoming king. Macbeth, under the urgings of his wife, murders Duncan in the dead of night, blaming Duncan’s two servants. After realizing the witches prophecies for him have came true, he orders Banquo and his son Fleance to be murdered, knowing the witches gave Banquo the prophecy of fathering many
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