The Greatest Strength And Weakness Of The Human Race Has

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The greatest strength and weakness of the human race has and always will be the metaphysical humanity within us. The ambition within every human that allows them to transcend everything the world thinks that it knows can inevitably bring them down. William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” fantastically portrays the negative effects of ambition and the mental vulnerability of mankind. Throughout the early acts of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, Lady Macbeth stoically controls the actions of her husband. She constantly promotes actions that would fulfill her dreams as she disregards Macbeth’s feelings and thoughts. Prior to Macbeth’s moral decline and consequent character transformation, displayed through his plans to murder Banquo and Fleance,…show more content…
Robert Munro, a Penn State professor in philosophy, writes about a woman’s ability and desire to take advantage of a man when knowing his heart in his publication within “The Journal of Speculative Philosophy.” Munro uses Lady Macbeth herself as an example of inevitable female ambition, saying “She knew his strength and weakness, his hopes and fears, and with a skill that is almost demoniac… therefore played upon his nature”(Munro 31). Lady Macbeth depicts “marital female ambition,”(Munro 34) a phrase Munro uses to describe a woman’s strong desire to hold power when married to a powerful man, for Lady Macbeth seeks a crown on her head and her husband’s in order to minimize the power gap in her relationship. Therefore she persuades her husband to control his life and attack “all that impedes thee from the golden round”(1.5.18.) The reader feels for Macbeth in Act I for it is blatant that he wants no part of a murderous dethroning, yet it his wife’s ambition that propels Macbeth to ultimately slay Duncan. Macbeth would never have violently usurped the throne without the cunning and overly-encouraging words of his wife. The hours following the murder of Duncan illuminates both the pure heartedness of Macbeth and the cold,
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