Ambition Over Morality. “Ambition Is One Of The Ungovernable

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Ambition Over Morality “Ambition is one of the ungovernable passions of the human heart. The love of power is insatiable and uncontrollable.”(John Adams) A quote such as this gives great detail to the power ambition truly has. Ambition is without a doubt a key component in Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, that drives Macbeth to the brink of insanity, causes him to kick morality to the side, and commit unfathomable wrongful acts in order to gain power. This is shown through direct verbalization from Macbeth, contrasts between his moral image throughout the play, and the implied battle between his morality and ambition. Macbeth’s ambition led him to his unfortunate destiny of mental instability and death. To begin with, Macbeth himself stated…show more content…
He is considered a great warrior to men of the upper class and nobleman. During battle with Norway, Macbeth was a ruthless killer that could not be taken out and even eliminated traitor Macdonwald. He led King Duncan’s army into a great victory resulting in messages of praise to the King. King Duncan is in great thanks to Macbeth’s great leadership and even names him Thane of Cawdor for his great courage and bravery. There is no denying the fact of Macbeth’s loyal and moral image at this point. He is still strongly intact with his morality by fighting for his men and honoring his country under the king’s order. During the praising of Macbeth to King Duncan, Sergeant speaks of Macbeth’s great bravery and honor saying, “For brave Macbeth-well he deserves that name-Disdaining fortune, with his brandish’d steel, which smoked with bloody execution, like valour’s minion carved out his passage till he faced the slave”.(35-39) This truly displays the irony within the transitions in Macbeth’s ambion because as easily seen, he is without a doubt still seen in moral belief but as the story travels along he slowly gains interest in his ambitions and ends up continuing his plan to kill King Duncan for his own greed of power. He ends up becoming a completely different person in a way. For example, he ends up murdering more people to keep the assurance of his thoning placement such as hiring thugs to murder Banquo and Malcolm. He even loses such remorse that he orders the

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