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The Destruction Of Ambition In Macbeth By William Shakespeare

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In a Kingdom where valorous soldiers fight for their nation one unlucky Thane crosses paths with unchanging fate. In Shakespeare's Macbeth, the protagonist Macbeth undergoes a profound and gradual evolution throughout the play centered around his ambition. For the duration of the story the main character learns who he was destined to become through life changing events. His erosion from trustworthy Thane to killer King and finally a mass murdering Tyrant branches off from his tragic flaw, ambition. Starting with one big mistake of going to three weird sisters.

When the story begins Shakespeare introduces Macbeth as a loyal and brave soldier straight out of defending his beloved country. Macbeth visits three weird witches and his personality takes a turn for the worst. This
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Macbeth doesn’t care anymore all he wants to power and will do anything to get it, to give an example kill friends, women and children. When, he kills Young Siward there is no mercy. Another example is when he talks about the death of his wife and says “She would have died later one day.”, he has lost all remorse and love through ambition (5.2.1). This just shows what excessive ambition can do to you and the surrounding people, if you even care anymore. Even in the darkest hours after his wife has died and everything he ever worked to accomplish is going to fail, Macbeth will cross any boundaries to get his way. Macbeth ends here with nothing left but the dishonor in his name. Leading to conclusion Macbeth’s ambition brought him to his doom.

In final analysis Macbeth ends as a tragedy because he couldn’t set aside his wants and needs. In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Macbeth the pivotal protagonist who is overcome with a tragic flaw, ambition. Macbeth went from a loyal Thane to a mass murdering King quickly owing to the fact that his ambition inclined throughout the
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