Ambitious Flaws In Shakespeare's Macbeth

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Ambitious Flaws In the tragic play Macbeth, William Shakespeare shows the damaging psychological and physical effects of ambition on those who seek for power. In 1564 a writing genius was born in Stratford-upon-Avon. William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright highly known as one of the greatest writers in the English language. William Shakespeare started writing tragedies like Macbeth, because he thought the tragic plots used by other English writers were lacking a certain purpose. He used the downfall of a honorable person as the main focus in his tragedies. His Tragedies added suspense for his audience, making his work extraordinary in that. Also it was out of the norm for the time which made his work stand out (Mamta). In Macbeth,…show more content…
His ambition made him a man with progressive external misfortunes that produce and are produced by his progression from goodness to wickedness (Booth 95). Macbeth automatically trust the words of the witches. Macbeth had so much confidence in the witches that he never concentrates on the reality of the prophecies. Each prophecies led him deeper into the diabolic course, the more he was told by the witches the greater his ambition and confidence grew. It was very clear that Macbeth was a man flawed by his own ambition. Macbeth 's ambition and overconfidence put him in a position where it was impossible for him to see through the witches insidious plotting. Though the witches prophecies got him to the throne, it was not as great as Macbeth…show more content…
The sense of his own power and his hunger for ambition were higher than ever. The old desire was more than reawakened, it was nourished with hope and confidence. Macbeth was determined to protect his throne. His ambition without moral boundaries weas destructive to his fate (Lyndon 442). All Macbeth did resulted in nothing. He never thought through his actions, no correct actions were taken place. Once he started there was no way for him to go back. Shakespeare shows us the complete destruction of a human spirit through Macbeth. Hostility and the thirst for power pushes Macbeth into actions to protect himself as well as his crown (Lyndon 464). Macbeth had no chance in protecting his power, the overlap of supernatural and psychological elements created an enemy set against him (Gleed 166). Macbeth’s world and spirit are both destroyed, there was no great recovery for him and there was no greatness in his death (Lyndon 463). He can not see that what he sought for the most was worthless of his efforts. Shortly after Lady Macbeth dies, Macbeth deeply thinks over the honour, love, obedience, troops of friends he lost and cannot hope to regain (Lyndon 463). Knowing this does not ease anything for Macbeth it does not raise him above the conditions that ruined him. When Macbeth is killed he is no longer tortured as he once was by his ambitions. His freedom, freedom from torture led only to the
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