Blind Ration : Blind Ambition In William Shakespeare's Macbeth

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Blind ambition is lethal. This point is made clear in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Ambition is defined as an intense desire to accomplish something. Macbeth’s ambition is the driving force of the play and is the catalyst of Macbeth’s and Lady Macbeth’s bloody downfall. We see this dark ambition soon after Macbeth hears his ascent to royalty prophesized by three witches and plans to kill for his desires. This ambition leads Macbeth to kill King Duncan to take his spot as king of Scotland. Even in his last moments, Macbeth is blindly ambitious, confidently fighting Macduff despite the witches’ warning. The use of this reoccurring theme shows that blind, all consuming ambition is a dangerous thing and that you should never let your desire to succeed drive you to corruption. Macbeth’s ambition is sparked once he hears the three witches’ prophecy that he will become king of Scotland. In that same Act, we see Macbeth’s ambition quickly turn dark. Macbeth recognizes this, saying “Stars, hide your fires: Let not light see my black and deep desires: The eye wink at the hand; yet let that be which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.” (1.4.50-53). In this quote, Macbeth is acknowledging that his ambition has led him to consider evil and heinous things in order to achieve his goals. This is the first time we see Macbeth feeling the effects of his own ambitious nature. In this quote, Macbeth is accepting the darkness and moving forward with his plan, regardless of his moral objections. This is a pivotal point in the play because it sets up Macbeth’s descent into increasingly monstrous acts that will take place as the play continues. Without this conscious turn to put his ambition above all else, no other evil, ambitious act would have happened. This is important to the overall understanding of Macbeth because it introduces the main theme of the negative effects of all consuming ambition. Macbeth’s imminent downfall can be pinned back to this exact moment when he chooses his ambition over his morals and consciously decides to turn to evil for the sake of his goal to become king. After his decision to commit to his immoral ambitions, Macbeth goes on to hesitate when actually making his desires a reality. Macbeth is

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