Ambition In Macbeth

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The Destructive Power of Ambition
Ambition can be the one thing that drives people forward in life, motivating and inspiring them to be successful, but, ambition can also lead to one’s demise, infecting anyone and everyone involved. In the play Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, Macbeth’s ambition is the main cause for the destruction of those around him. Macbeth’s thirst for power puts an end to many lives of many innocent individuals, as he is blind from all sense of rationality due to his need for the crown. Furthermore, Macbeth’s aspiration for royalty deeply affects the elements of nature as his ambition blinds Macbeth from acknowledging his corrupt actions. Although Macbeth manages to seek power for a short period of time,
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Furthermore, Macbeth’s hectic ambition for power leads to the death of his close friend, Banquo, which is shown as Macbeth convinces the murderers, “Are you so gospelled, to pray for this good man and for his issue, whose heavy hand hath bowed you for his grave and beggard yours forever?”(3.1.90-93). Shakespeare uses a rhetorical question that helps persuade the murderers to kill Banquo in order to maintain his position as king. Macbeth questions the murderers about how they refuse to murder Banquo, while simultaneously being aware that he is responsible for the murderers families being poverty-stricken, and overall receiving a low ranking on the Elizabethan Hierarchy. Macbeth is careless about the murderers and their families class level, but this greed and obsession for royalty blinds him into giving the murderers a reason to despise Banquo. Therefore, Macbeth’s greed-fuelled ambition for power leads to the deaths of many innocent people, in order for Macbeth to maintain his kingship. The natural order of the world is delicate and no man/woman should attempt to modify it in any way, as doing so would result in consequences. Macbeth’s ambition for power deeply affects the elements of the natural world because of his overreaching desire to become royalty. The fact that Macbeth is killing others in exchange for power, the state of nature is being altered, which is seen as the old man mentions,

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