William Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth outlives its context as it explores human nature and Man’s struggle to find moral sensibility which relates to audiences of time. In Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth (1603) portrays a tragic hero, Macbeth, whose actions and thoughts are corrupted by his reckless ambition and inherent greed. Shakespeare further examines how this tragic flaw robs him of his moral and rational self. He further explores how this flaw has stripped him of virtues and nobility and leads to his damnation. Using Macbeth Shakespeare exposes the flaws of Man and in doing so he explores the very essence of human nature in audiences of all time.
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. There is a saying that goes, “We ignore the ones who love us, and love the ones that ignore us”. This phrase fits perfectly with the character Hamlet from Hamlet. Hamlet suffocates himself with a great deal of ambition because his veins are filled with revenge. In order for his plan to succeed he needs to go insane and thus, pushes everyone who cares about him away.
‘King Lear’ is a tragedy as it follows the codes and conventions generally associated with the genre. The hero and main protagonist, King Lear is an influential, highborn character whose fatal flaw leads to his demise (Shakespeare.nuvvo.com). It is Lear’s character in combination with the themes of conflict, power, family and forgiveness that make ‘King Lear’ a tragedy. ‘King Lear’ is a character driven play. As the main character, it is Lear’s decisions that affect those around him.
There will always be one prevailing evil, which is the cause of every evil that gradually follows. However, it is always good people that are seduced to act immorally, often driven by one supreme evil: selfish desires. Ambition is good, but it is what one ends up doing with that ambition that eventually seals their fate. In the play Macbeth, Shakespeare uses the recurring motif of blood and violence in order to further his theme that overreaching ambition leads to permanent consequences. Guilt was a significant consequence for the selfish killing of King Duncan, and Shakespeare shows how Macbeth and Lady Macbeth were affected by guilt through the motif of blood.
Within the play comes power which bring upon madness, causing corruption. Each individual character has their own way to fight for the power they seek. Hamlet, Claudius, and King Hamlet are the ones who seek it the most in the play. Hamlet wants and feels the need to avenge his father, Claudius fights to keep the thrown away from Hamlet and to keep the truth from spilling out, and King Hamlet seeks out his sons help to take vengeance on his brother Claudius for his death. Although Claudius and King Hamlet do not become mad with power the fight for power make them corrupt and make them lose their morals and cause them to have no barrier as to what they will do to keep them from losing it.
When a character’s ambition goes unchecked by moral constraints, unfortunate consequences such as the suffering of others are inevitable, rendering him a tragic hero. One’s ambition is ever-changing and therefore extremely volatile; it can be dramatically influenced by both internal and external sources. Although ambition is usually considered to be an admirable trait, it is able to catalyze both positive or negative acts. In William Shakespeare’s tragic play Macbeth, the protagonist, Macbeth, is portrayed as a tragic hero who, due to unhealthy sense of ambition, acts as an instrument of the suffering of the other characters by leading them to horrible deaths and eventually experiencing a similar demise himself. Macbeth shares the prophecy
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.
Tyranny in Shakespeare's Macbeth All humanity is tyrannical. Every person wants the world to conform to their wishes. A product of the ego, this desire culminates in tyranny among those that have the arrogance, opportunity, and instability to embrace and foster it. We find Macbeth with the opportunity, and his arrogance and instability are bred by ego and contranatural forces, such that he becomes a tyrant. Duncan's soft handed rule allows Macbeth the opportunity to plot against him while his proclamation of Malcom as the heir to his throne provides motive, a wounded ego.
Macbeth, who at the beginning of his play’s plot is in a position of some honor and power, obtains position as king of Scotland through secretive foul play, spurred on by some external manipulation as well as personal ambition. “Macbeth’s ambition is unchecked by both moral and legal considerations-he will stop at nothing to get what he desires… Macbeth’s unbridled ambition is the root of the play’s evil because he is willing to throw the world into chaos in order to satisfy his personal desires.” (Thrasher, 92). His rebellion is heinous, but so long undiscovered. His ambition, though present in some degree from the beginning, metastasizes within him through the play as more obstacles to his retention of royal status crop up. “He begins well…but this... ... middle of paper ... ...blame.
Indeed it can be shown that Macbeth’s pride vulnerability, vaulting ambition, and over confidence brought him to kingship and change the tragic hero into a sinister tyrant, bringing him closer to his death. Pride will always bring a man to their downfall, which is true for Macbeth; Shakespeare made Macbeth a character with multitude amount of pride, which is ones of his major character flaws. Macbeth has an arrogant personality, because of his many triumphant battles Macbeth was apprehending the title of; Price of Cumberland-the highest honor after king. When it was bestowed upon Malcolm, Macbeth was mortified. As a proud man this was a slap to the face, he thought that he was a better representative of that title which provoked him into to becoming king while pushing all morality aside.