Success And Prosperity Of Shakespeare 's ' Macbeth ' And ' The Catcher '

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Success and Prosperity in Macbeth and The Catcher in the Rye From the beginning of time, achieving success and greatness has been the ultimate human goal. Success can be found in many different forms, from ruling a Roman empire to receiving a high grade on a test. Society’s view of success has changed throughout generations, urging people to conform to society’s beliefs in order to fulfill their goals and dreams. The theme of success and fulfillment are evident in literature and theatre pieces that were written centuries ago, and continue into novels written in the present. The play Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, and the novel The Catcher in the Rye, written by J. D. Salinger follow the lives of two protagonists’ as they are …show more content…
With his continual murdering of others, he finds himself having negative, angry thoughts towards people he once considered to be friends. After killing his good friend Banquo, Macbeth visits the witches, who show him visions of Banquo’s children becoming king. During a vision, Macbeth states,
“Thou art too like the spirit of Banquo. Down!
Thy crown does sear mine eyeballs. And thy hairs
Thou other gold-bound brow, is like the first!
A third is like the former- Filthy hags!” (Shakespeare 4.1.117-120).
As Macbeth quickly realizes Banquo’s son’s destiny to take over his throne and become king, he becomes increasingly angry, thus demonstrating wrath that leads him to negative thoughts and eventually actions. Similarly, Holden has acrimonious feelings towards others, often referring to them as “phonies”. While at a play with his friend Sally, they go outside during the intermission to get some fresh air. Here, Holden states that he is surrounded by “so many phonies… everybody smoking their ears off and talking about the play so that everybody could hear and know how sharp they were” (Salinger 164). Holden is bitter and angry towards others, demonstrating his building wrath as he finds a negative way to view the excitement and happiness of others. Furthermore, while visiting his former history teacher, Mr. Spencer, before leaving his preparatory school, Holden exhibits his wrathfulness. As Holden is leaving, Mr. Spencer yells “Good luck!” at him.

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