William Shakespeare 's Macbeth - Ambition

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What is ambition? According to Oxford Dictionaries, ambition is a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work. People who are full of ambition may do foolish things to reach their goal, causing unpleasant events to occur. Ambition does not have to be a bad thing though, for having dreams and stretching out to pursue them can be a great thing. However, ambition may lead people to bring others down about what they wish attain, pushing them to try harder, pushing them to strive in the worst way rather than the best. Shakespeare effectively showed the consequences of intense ambition through motives, murder, and lust for power. Macbeth 's attitude changed drastically throughout the play. In Act 1, the three witches, also known as the weird sisters, patiently waited to meet both Banquo and Macbeth for a brief conversation. In the beginning, Macbeth was committed to his king and fought bravely to protect him. The king then ordered Macdonwald to death and soon after Macbeth was given his title, the "Thane of Cawdor" for leading the Scottish army to great victory. On the heath adjacent to the battlefield, the three witches appear. On their way to the king 's court at Forres, Macbeth and Banquo are shocked at what they stumble upon. Observant, Banquo questions the three women as to who they are, for they appear to have beards like men and they do not seem to be “inhabitants o’ th’ earth,” (1.3.39). When Banquo asks them, they greet him with the phrases "Lesser than Macbeth and greater," "Not so happy, yet much happier," and a man who "shall get kings, though [he] be none," (1.3.63-65). The Weird Sisters then hail Macbeth as the thane of Glamis, his original titl... ... middle of paper ... ... beheaded Macbeth and Malcolm, Banquo 's son, became king of Scotland. With this in mind, the witches did say that Banquo 's children may sit upon the throne, but he would not. In essence, without the strong ambition that Macbeth holds, he could not have committed such murders and the more he completed, the more his ambition grew. In other words, when people hear things that they want to be true deep down, it is easy to be influenced in a bad way. Throughout this play, Shakespeare shows that guilt can take over just as much as ambition and lust for power. Also, it is hard to understand or even put into consideration the motives that most people seem to have. In conclusion, doing something atrocious may be satisfying at first, but in the end, those who try hard to accomplish something great are more likely to win than those who try hard to accomplish something lousy.
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