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Ambition in Macbeth - In the play of “Macbeth”, Shakespeare gradually and effectively deepens our understanding of the themes and most importantly the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. The main theme of Macbeth is ambition, and how it compels the main characters to pursue it. The antagonists of the play are the three witches, who symbolise the theme appearance and reality. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s relation is an irony throughout the play, as most of their relation is based on greed and power. This is different from most of Shakespeare’s other plays, which are mostly based on romance and trust....   [tags: Ambition, Shakespeare, Macbeth] 1798 words
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Ambition in Macbeth - Ever since he heard the prophecies that promised him power, Macbeth’s mind has been descending into a disoriented state as times passed. In the duration of Acts 1 and 2, Macbeth, under the influence of Lady Macbeth and his own ambition, has changed from being a rational, level-headed man to one of questionable integrity. With Macbeth’s coronation, not only does his inner turmoil affect his mentality, but also his behaviour and senses. Scotland is immersed in more chaos by Macbeth’s hunger for supremacy, his acknowledgement of his crimes, and by further disturbance in the human order and divine order....   [tags: Ambition, Shakespeare, Macbeth] 738 words
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Ambition and the Tragic Demise of Macbeth - Ambition is a disease of the soul and to realise this you need to look no further than Macbeth by William Shakespeare. For in Macbeth is the tale of ambition driving impulse over logic and reason, how an unhealthy thought of treason taints and diseases the very soul. We can see this overriding ambition in the scene where Lady Macbeth is residing in her castle whilst waiting for Macbeth. Whilst alone Lady Macbeth decides that Macbeth lacks the masculinity to do what is necessary to acquire power....   [tags: Ambition, Shakespeare, Macbeth] 626 words
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Ambition and the Downfall of Macbeth - Macbeth is one of William Shakespeare’s most powerful and emotionally intense plays. Macbeth, once known for his courage and bravery is transformed into a ruthless tyrant. His wife, Lady Macbeth, once known for her strength and great ambition is soon engulfed by guilt and sensitivity greatly weakens her. As the tragic hero Macbeth is overcome by tensions in his criminal act and the reactions by his conscience (Nix). In the opening act of this play Macbeth is a solider who has just returned from war....   [tags: Ambition, Shakespeare, Macbeth]
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Driving Ambition in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Ambition can be defined as the desire and willingness to strive towards achievement or distinction. On the contrary, driving ambition is the outright desire to achieve a certain goal, regardless of any possible consequences. In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, driving ambition caused Macbeth and his wife to murder King Duncan because of their desire for power. In an attempt to retain his power Macbeth also murdered Banquo and Macduff’s family. Through both of these cruel actions, Macbeth and his wife displayed that they are not concerned about the cost of the deed, but only final result that is achieved....   [tags: Ambition, Shakespeare, Macbeth] 1447 words
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Role of Ambition in Macbeth - The play Macbeth written by William Shakespeare is based upon old Scotland and this is used as the general time frame. During this time, Monarchy still existed and Scotland is in war with Whales. There are many emotions that arise throughout the play, but the most important of all is ambition. “Ambition is the desire for personal achievement. Ambitious persons seek to be the best at what they choose to do for attainment, power, or superiority” (“Ambition”). The motif of ambition in the play is that being ambitious leaves one blind to certain areas and can drive one insane to reach the intended goal....   [tags: Ambition, Shakespeare, Macbeth]
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Blind Ambition in Macbeth - Among the greatest gifts that the renaissance produced was the eloquent and incredible Shakespearean plays. Written mostly in the 1590s these plays have been performed and admired countless times; entertaining mass audiences by providing interesting tales that explore the depth of human insights and the different universal themes. Among the many Shakespearean plays Macbeth, written in 1606, stands out with its short composition but multiple themes. This tragedy narrates the tale of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s quest to grasp ultimate power by ignoring their morals and succumbing to their dark desires, which ultimately leads to their downfall....   [tags: Ambition, Shakespeare, Macbeth] 855 words
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Macbeth - A Great Man Torn Apart By Vaulting Ambition - William Shakespeare, an eminent playwright, wrote a number of inspiring plays such as Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet. He wrote many plays in the Elizabethan era but wrote Macbeth when King James I came on the throne (Jacobean era). Macbeth is a great man torn apart by vaulting ambition. Three witches, a superstition of the time, show Macbeth is future to send his life spiralling into oblivion. Witches were the terror the era. The Jacobeans were very conscious about whom they would socialise with as everyone and anyone could be a witch....   [tags: Ambition, Shakespeare, Macbeth] 1269 words
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Lady Macbeth's Ambition Leads to Her Destruction in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Lady Macbeth is one of the perfect examples of the total corruption power and ambition can cause. She starts out confident, sure of her ambition and how to gain it. She believed that by becoming a man, becoming what she thought was a creature who would stop at nothing to attain power and it's privileges, she could gain what she needed without being impeded by emotions such as remorse, or pity. She calls upon the witches to give her these things and so creates an interesting relationship with them despite never actually meeting them....   [tags: Ambition, Shakespeare, Macbeth] 799 words
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Ambition as a Virtue - As renowned Greek philosopher Heraclitus put it, “Big results require big ambitions” (Heraclitus). Ambition, the very thought of the word brings a dissatisfied taste in millions of people mouths. But why does this virtue have such a horrific label. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that ambition has inspired some of the world’s most powerful and influential human beings, whether from India or America, preacher or intellect, nun or slave, ambition has helped shape and reshape our planet and continues to build legacies, modern marvels, and motivate massive change....   [tags: not a demoralizing threat]
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Ambition: To What Extent Is Best? - ... Having this certain ambition is not bad, since it is just a goal that she wants to achieve. It is also beneficial since after her husband becomes the king she will be the queen, and they will have a lot power. After obtaining that power, they can do a lot of good deeds and be proud of themselves. So, it is beneficial for Lady Macbeth as well as others. Overall, ambition is a really good human quality since it benefits the person with that ambition and the others as well. Having an ambition is not bad, until the one with an ambition goes viral over the desire to achieve that particular goal; which shows the negative effects of having an ambition....   [tags: optimistic, pessimistic, benefit, harmful] 515 words
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Ambition Portrayed in Macbeth and The Crucible - The Emanation of Over Aspiration In the myth of Icarus, the renowned artisan Daedalus and his son Icarus defied the gods in an act of hubris by flying, defying their mortal limits. Daedalus and his son flew with the aid of improvised wings composed of feathers and wax. Daedalus warned his son not to fly too low or too high or else the wings would be drenched by the waves or the wax would be melted by the sun. However young Icarus, filled with pride and ambition, while enjoying the act of flight, flew too high and the heat liquified the wax adhering the wings together....   [tags: shakespeare, arthur miller]
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The Downside of Ambition Explored in Macbeth - Macbeth is a play written by Shakespeare that is set in eleventh century Scotland. It details the life of the Macbeth, a brave and noble man who is described as ‘Bellona’s bridegroom’ (1.3.54), specifically the events after he meets three supernatural creatures who tell him about his fate. The reader should see Macbeth as a great man whose ambition for security leads to his downfall. Ambitions and manipulation from his wife cause him to commit Duncan’s murder, but this particular murder does not relate to Macbeth’s downfall....   [tags: Downfall of Macbeth]
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Ambition and Motivation in "Fifth Business" - Thwarted love. Ambition. Guilt. Sexuality. Fifth Business is rife with these life lessons. However, the most dominant themes in the novel are ambition and motivation. It is well known that excessive ambition and motivation can destroy someone, but, used correctly, can skyrocket someone to happiness, as in the case of Dunstan Ramsey, Percy Staunton, and Paul Dempster. These two qualities not only give these characters the will to keep on living, but also enable them to rise above the masses during the Great Depression....   [tags: Literary Review] 1042 words
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Ambition of Macbeth and Victor Frankenstein - ... People figured out what he was doing and that it was wrong. His ambition took over his life. Victor Frankenstein was also a victim of his ambition getting the best of him. Victor was a brilliant being ever since he learned to read and write. Victor had a wonderful childhood, maybe even too wonderful. Victor always wanted to keep learning and advancing his knowledge. He was always curious about his surroundings; he was so fascinated with the world around him. His parents wanted him to learn and learn more....   [tags: Shakespeare, Mary Shelley]
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China and Ambition: A Formidable Duo - ... So why does China come out on top in the comparison of these two nations. The answer lies in China’s unrelenting ambition to be the most successful, prominent, and wealthy country in the world. Whereas India ultimately relies on the cumbersome system of popular agreement, as all democracies must, China’s single party state allows its leaders to unilaterally decide the trajectory of the country. It is not easy to keep a nation of over a billion people satisfied with a government that restricts many basic rights that Americans would consider fundamental....   [tags: Economy, Government, Individuality]
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The Tantalus Cup of Ambition - Today’s world associates ambition as a good characteristic to withhold in order to succeed. But ambition and setting goals, even though both may lead to success, are totally different concepts. One will set plans and steps to take to reach goals; but when ambition is rooted in one’s mind, the means may neither be as significant nor present than the ends. Shakespeare emphasized the latter in his tragic play, Macbeth, by criticizing how Macbeth fulfilled his prophecy to become king of Scotland without a moral plan....   [tags: Shakespeare's McBeth analysis]
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Ambition in Hamlet by Williams Shakespeare - The dictionary defines personal ambition as “An earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honour, fame, or wealth and the willingness to strive for its attainment”. (Dictionary.com) One could argue that too much ambition can be a negative trait. By placing such an emphasis on personal ambition it causes some to push their loved ones away in order to achieve what they want. Within most people, unhappiness is a common feeling and in extreme results, it leads to death. In the texts Fifth Business by Robertson Davies and William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, it is evident when the strongest characters place power and ambition above all else they crumble....   [tags: ophelia, gertrude, fifth business]
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Guilt and Ambition in Shakespeare's Macbeth - ... Finally, the final manifestation of Macbeth’s guilt strikes him in the form of Banquo’s ghost at the feast, a supernatural event that reflects the unnatural deaths that occur in the play. Macbeth immediately addresses the ghost by saying, “Thou canst not say I did it: never shake/ Thy gory locks on me”, thus attempting to convince the apparition that he is not to blame for this murder and therefore not guilty (3.4.63-64). At the same time, the purpose of this remark is defeated because if he was not guilty, there would be no need to explain anything to the ghost....   [tags: murder, ruthless, conscience]
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The Greed and Ambition of Marcus Brutus - Greed, ambition, and the possibility of self-gain are always constant in their efforts to influence people’s actions. In Julius Caesar, Marcus Brutus, a venerable politician, becomes a victim of the perpetual conflict between power-hungry politicians and ignorant commoners. He is a man of honor and good intentions who sacrifices his own happiness for the benefit of others. Unfortunately, his honor is strung into a fine balance between oblivion and belief and it is ultimately the cause of his downfall....   [tags: julius ceaser, brutus, rome] 962 words
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Moral Destruction by Unchecked Ambition - ... The locations that were used in the play stated it happened in Scotland and some parts of England. Now getting into the story at hand, the play begins with the witches planning to meet Macbeth, on the other hand Macbeth and Banquo just came from a battle. Following their battle both Macbeth and Banquo had encountered the witches while they were crossing a moor. The witches claimed to show Macbeth certain prophecies; Macbeth will be Thane of Glamis and Cawdor and eventually King is Scotland. In addition, the witches prophecies that Banquo's descendants will also become king, although Banquo will never....   [tags: William Shakespeare, King James, Macbeth] 1264 words
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Pride and Ambition: Mcbeth - When people hear the word “pride”, the range of connotations is extensive: to some, pride means having confidence in one’s ability to accomplish something or having a high sense of self-worth; to others, pride is synonymous with arrogance and vanity. However, then the question being asked is what does pride actually mean. Pride is defined as a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements. Knowing what pride means, understanding how people become prideful becomes significantly easier....   [tags: Confidence, Arrogance, Vanity, Ability]
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Napoleon's Greed and Ambition - Napoleon Bonaparte was historically not only the powerful invader but also the ambitious king. Napoleon made various works that effected France and the other country significantly, conquering almost of countries in Europe. Almost people in France praised Napoleon when he won in any war or any invasion. From successful occupation, people started to consider Napoleon as a god of the war and large numbers of people followed his order. Napoleon seems as the greatest emperor in the world. However, Napoleon was only concerned on his greed and ambition, which made questionable political decision and poor military decisions, changing him as an outcast....   [tags: war, france, russian invasion]
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The Nature of Ambition - Throughout history, ambition has been a driving force both for individuals and society. Ambition is an eager and sometimes an exorbitant desire for elevation, honor, power, supremacy or simply the achievement of something. The origin of this word comes from the word “ambicioun” and explains the yearning for money and wealth or power in general. Ambition is basically an instinct. No matter what background or age you are, you are surely ambitious in any way. This eagerness is not only a driving force for both individuals and society but could also end in a fiasco....   [tags: essays research papers] 1028 words
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The Power of Ambition - The Power of Ambition An ambition is an eager, and sometimes an inordinate, desire for preferment, honor, superiority, power, or the attainment of something. To obtain object or goal that is immensely desired. It comes from the Middle English word “ambicioun,” meaning and excessive desire for power, money or wealth. Ambition is something that everyone, no matter their age or cultural background, has instinctively. Ambition can be a driving force for success, or in some cases a road to failure. Through ambitious undertakings we can set goals and find ourselves and our God-given talents....   [tags: English Literature Essays] 603 words
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Macbeth's ambition - An ambition for power can seem to be true perfection, but one should be careful what they wish for, because that power might be exactly what causes their downfall. In the play Macbeth written by William Shakespeare ambition plays a great role and is also a main theme. Ambition is often the motivating force in one's life. It is supposed to be the motivating factor that drives one towards success. The main character, Macbeth has ambition even though it leads him to his downfall. In contrast, Lady Macbeth pursues her goals with greater determination, yet she is less capable of withstanding the outcome of her actions....   [tags: William Shakespeare, Literary Analysis]
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Guiltless Ambition - What is guilt. Is it the feeling you get when you do something wrong or is it a feeling you only feel when you know what you are doing is wrong and there is nothing you can do to erase what you have done. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the feeling of guilt is not something that is taken lightly. Guilt is felt by virtually every main character throughout the course of the play and is not something that is taken lightly. In Macbeth, other feelings, such as ambition, overshadow guilt but when the guilt gets to be too much, unexpected actions occur that cannot be helped....   [tags: Macbeth, Shakespeare] 1013 words
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The Influence of Ambition in Macbeth by William Shakespeare - Everybody in their mind has some type of ambition that can influence them in the wrong way. There is good and bad ambition. Like Cesar Chavez once said that “ We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community... Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.” Macbeth’s ambition is change by the perspective of many things. The things that corrupted him are prophecy, Lady Macbeth, and the three apparitions....   [tags: corruption, prophecy, murder]
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Ambition Produces Animosity - When one rises in power and prestige, that individual evokes envy and loathing by others. In the play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar (JC) by playwright William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar’s fellow senators collude to kill Caesar as his profoundly increasing dominance over Rome becomes apparent. Decades ago, Mahatma Gandhi, a non-violent political and spiritual leader, was detested by many and was eventually assassinated by Nathuram Godse for his reforms and influence. Hence, great political ambition breeds great political enmity is a theme seen in the play The Tragedy Of Julius Caesar as well as historically in the life and assassination of Mohandas Gandhi....   [tags: Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Mohandas Gandhi]
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An Analysis of The Corrupting Nature of Ambition and Power - Dictatorship, in its diverse forms, has remained a norm in human systems of government since time immemorial. Whether manifested as the absolute monarchs of yore or the recent communist and fascist dictators of the 20th century, conventionally, dictators became oppressive and incapable of governing due to the corrupting influence of power, and most met their ends at the hands of the angry masses, such as the famous execution of King Louis XVI of France. The play Macbeth by William Shakespeare and the biography of recently deceased Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi both show the damaging nature of unbridled ambition and power....   [tags: Social Studies]
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Ambition: The Destruction of Shakespeare’s Macbeth - One of William Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies is that of Macbeth. It is also known as “the Scottish play,” primarily because of its Scottish setting and because it is based loosely after the life of a real King Macbeth of Scotland. (Mendham) This play is considered a tragedy because the protagonist of the play, Macbeth, will suffer a terrible downfall as the result of his actions. From the beginning of the play, Shakespeare effectively establishes the atmosphere of the play as one of doom and despair, where even nature is at war with itself....   [tags: Macbeth Essays]
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The Illusion of Ambition in Hamlet by William Shakespeare - ... Hamlet is confused at why his mother, who had shown so much affection to his father, would forget all her love for him so fast and marry Claudius. Hamlet’s relationship with Ophelia is also damaged because, after watching his mother get married to Claudius, Hamlet thinks all women, including Ophelia, are weak and lusty. This is shown when Hamlet says “I’ve heard all about you women and your cosmetics too. God gives you one face, but you paint another on top of it.” (3, 1, 154) This quote implies that Hamlet thinks that all women will have more than one husband....   [tags: claudius, gertrude, dreams, success] 891 words
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The Themes of Women and Ambition in Hamlet and Macbeth - Throughout Shakespeare's Hamlet and Macbeth, there are two prominent themes: the negative impact of women and ambition. In Hamlet, misogyny, or the strong dislike toward women are greatly shown throughout the play because of his mother Gertrude and his lover Ophelia. He believes that all women are weak, unable to think for themselves, and utterly submissive toward men just because of Gertrude and Ophelia's actions. Ambition is shown through Claudius' - Hamlet's uncle and Gertrude's new husband - character in which he goes great lengths to become king of Denmark....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ]
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Reaching for the Final Frontier: The Ambition of Astronautics - ... These new challenges have required new approaches. Two of the strategies intended for future use for entry into space are the space plane and module approaches. The more basic of the two, the space plane, is in research under the label of X-37, this advanced flight demonstrator is used to test technology in the space environment, examine orbit, reentry, and landing logistics, and lead the way for NASA’s Orbital Space Plane as transport to the International Space Station and beyond. (Malone, 2003) Capable of speeds up to Mach 25, the X-37 is “the best of an aircraft and spacecraft into an affordable responsive unmanned vehicle.” (Rusnock & Ball, 2012) The objective of the X-37 is to reduc...   [tags: space exploration, earth, missions] 883 words
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Themes of Ambition Throught Shakespeare's Hamlet - ... People crave power and succumb to devious acts of jealousy in their attempt to obtain power. In history you will find a countless amount of stories in which a mother fights for her children. Nothing is supposed to get in the way of a mother and her children. However, Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother, is questionable. Act one; scene two, Claudius has just been crowned queen or he and Gertrude have just been married or both. Either way something big and important is happening and everybody who is important is there, people of the royal court, friends and family....   [tags: power, revenge, morals] 1238 words
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Ambition in Macbeth - Ambition in Macbeth         A key issue involved in Macbeth is ambition. Ambition is created when determination gets out of hand. It finds its most significant expressions in the plays two main characters, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. The main reason why it all gets started is because of the witches' interference by putting suggestions into Macbeth's mind. Lady Macbeth's ambition forces him to act on these ambitions as well. The couple proves that unchecked ambition will ultimately destroy....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Ambition In Macbeth - In Shakespearean times, ambition was seen to be wrong, as it went against the natural order. You had to accept yourself for who you were. People were not encouraged to better themselves. In act I scene I, the three witches plan to meet Macbeth upon a heath. They announce the major theme of the play: appearances can be deceptive."Fair is foul, and foul is fair" line 10. Macbeth in Act I echoes this in Scene three,"So foul and fair a day I have not seen"These contradictions introduce a feeling of opposing forces at war....   [tags: essays research papers] 474 words
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Ambition and Passion - Essays - Ambition and Passion I go to camp every year and allow myself to love people, dreading the day when I will have to depart from them. I claw at each moment, attempting to hold on to time. I do this even though I know from the beginning that as soon as I enter I will be hurled towards the last day, towards the end, towards good-bye. And it breaks my heart. Yet every year, I'm just so grateful to have had my heart broken. If there is one secret to living life it is passion: passionate love, passionate hate, passionate hope, passionate joy, passionate work, passionate play, passionate pain and despair....   [tags: Personal Experience, Descriptive] 326 words
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Macbeth - Ambition - Macbeth’s long journey towards possessing the throne travels through many high hurdles. The first hurdle, which is a sign for further hurdles, is the murder of Duncan the king. The build-up to the killing of Duncan begins with the witches prophesying that Macbeth will be king. Macbeth wants to fulfil this prophecy due to his high ambitions. However, the prophecy is fulfilled only because Lady Macbeth leads her husband through the barriers. It is Macbeth’s wife who causes the death of Duncan. Lady Macbeth acts as Macbeth’s superior while the murder of Duncan occurs....   [tags: essays research papers] 964 words
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The Tragedy of Ambition in Shakespeare's Macbeth - The Tragedy of Ambition in Macbeth      Shakespeare's tragic play, Macbeth, shares common themes with many other stories and actual events. Many scandals, both historic and current, can be linked to greed, ambition, and abuse of power.  Typically, the key figures are motivated by, and are inevitably destroyed by, ambition.  This is also the case in Macbeth, where ambition leads to the downfall of the once great character, Macbeth.   William Shakespeare's tragedy, Macbeth, is a play about a man's ambition to become king.  Since the first part of the witches' prophecy, "All hail Macbeth....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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Tragedy of Ambition as a Description of Macbeth - Tragedy of Ambition as a Description of Macbeth Tragedy of ambition is indeed at the very heart of, and is the very essence of Macbeth. While other themes flow through the text and contribute to the downfall of Macbeth, ambition remains the fueling desire that plagues Macbeth throughout the duration of the play. In tragedy, the responder views the fall of a hero, and the events causing this descent. The text is focused on Macbeth's main flaw, ambition, or the desire to achieve his goals and dreams, as the cause of his tragedy....   [tags: Papers] 901 words
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Ambition as the Root of Macbeth's Downfall - Ambition as the Root of Macbeth's Downfall Ambition plays the largest part in Macbeth's downfall. However, without the interference of the witches his ambition would not have changed. The witches increase his ambition drastically by the thought of kingship. Lady Macbeth sees the potential for his ambition to be great, but knows he will do nothing with it, so she plans it all for him; all he has to do is stab Duncan. The three witches are introduced at the beginning of the play; they give Macbeth three prophecies, that he will be Thane of Cawdor, Thane of Glamis and King....   [tags: Papers] 876 words
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The Consequences of Man's Ambition - Motivation is the main element towards success. Students, scientist, teachers and/ or any individual who wants to reach a goal needs to be motivated/ambitious. This motivation/ambition is what guides and keep people going. This ambition may be geared towards inventing/creating something, obtaining more money, and/or succeeding. The ambition people have are good, but sometimes lead to bad consequences. These consequences set the relationship between action and ambition. But, no matter what the goal is people with ambitions will not stop until their goal is met....   [tags: Frankenstein 2014]
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Vaulting Ambition in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Vaulting Ambition in Shakespeare's Macbeth Ambition is a strong desire or drive to succeed or achieve something. It can help a person to strive at getting something they want. If someone wants something badly enough, their ambition will help them not give up until they achieve at getting what they want. But also, if a person has too much ambition, it could make that person do destructive things to get what they want and they will hurt anyone or anything that gets in their way. Ambition can be a positive thing or a negative thing....   [tags: Free Essays] 433 words
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Analysis of Ambition in The Tragedy of Macbeth by Willaim Shakespeare - The Tragedy of Macbeth Ambition is often thought of as what leads to success. It is used for things such as a job promotion, a first place metal or finishing a race, but is it used for murder. Or, is it the misuse of ambition that leads to murder. These are questions Shakespeare forces the audience to ask themselves while reading The Tragedy of Macbeth. In the play, Shakespeare gives Macbeth a few goals to achieve but swindles the way he goes about it. Shakespeare makes people look at ambition in a new light....   [tags: murder, goal, evil]
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Ambition - Ambition      Before I could really start to write about ambition, I had to ask myself what ambition really was. What causes people to be ambitious, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of being an ambitious person. At first, I must admit it was fairly difficult to comprehend. But I found it to all come together when I related it to another kind of person or group of people – dreamers.      When I think of ambitious people I think of dreamers. These are the people with hopes of one day conquering and ruling the world single handedly, and having everything work out just the way they want it to....   [tags: Definition Ambitious Essays] 622 words
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Unprincipled Ambition in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Unprincipled Ambition in Macbeth      The Bard of Avon saturates the pages of the tragedy Macbeth with ugly feelings of ambition - unprincipled ambition which is ready to kill for itself. Let's thoroughly search out the major instances of ambitious behavior by the husband-wife team.   Samuel Johnson in The Plays of Shakespeare explains the place of ambition in this tragedy:   The danger of ambition is well described; and I know not whether it may not be said in defence of some parts which now seem improbable, that, in Shakespeare's time, it was necessary to warn credulity against vain and illusive predictions....   [tags: Free Macbeth Essays]
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The Corrupting Power of Ambition in William Shakespeare's Macbeth - The vigorous desire to achieve and willingly attain something holds the capability to greatly affect one's life. William Shakespeare's play Macbeth establishes the immense effect and influence of ambition. After gaining power over his country Scotland, the protagonist, Macbeth, experiences an internal downfall as he battles between his wants and moral judgement. He struggles to maintain stable relationships with others as his selfish desires and goals hurt those around him when achieved. In addition to clashing with himself and others, he is seen as a tyrant leader and is slowly turned against by Scotland's nation as well as England....   [tags: play analysis] 1335 words
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