The Importance Of Ambition In Macbeth

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Humans have an instinctual desire for what others possess. However, when these desires are acted upon, it can lead one to stray from their true human character. In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, greed and ambition cause characters to deviate from principled behaviour to an evil nature. Ambition freed from moral guidelines may fulfill one’s desires, but at the cost of distancing oneself from their true personality. Each character’s ambition results in selfish tendencies and causes them to focus on futile wants, which poorly reflect what truly matters in life. Within the play, paranoia, guilt, and loss of innocence are direct consequences of unchecked ambition and evidence of the deterioration one’s essence. Heightened paranoia indicates that the characters have become aware of the dangers of their ambition. Coupled with this, guilt is a consequence of excessive greed and ambition. Although the satisfaction of temporarily fulfilling their aspirations seems to justify their violence, the characters’ conscience burdens them with guilt as an attempt to correct their actions. Unable to adhere to what truly matters in life, characters lose their innocence and purity, which further fuels their ambition and isolates them from the person they should be. Unconstrained greed and excessive ambition results in the deterioration of one’s true human character as manifested in paranoia, guilt, and corruption of innocence.
Macbeth’s succession of crimes based on greed and ambition, transform
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