How Does Ambition Lead To Macbeth's Downfall

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B.L.M.H.S Jordan Nanton Period B 5/27/12 Macbeth Essay : Ambition Ambition can be defined as a desire for some type of achievement such as power , money, or fame , still too much ambition can be a bad thing. Too much ambition in a person can lead to horrible decesion making and eventually there downfall. In the tragic play of Macbeth this theory is evident as Macbeth the protaganist in the play becomes to ambitious which eventually leads to his death. In this paper I will explain to how Macbeth’s ambition directly leads to his downfall. Macbeth started the play as a brave and honourable warrior , which led King Duncan to promote Macbeth from Thane of Glamis to Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth downfall would begin…show more content…
After the killing Macbeth would be choosen king and this is when his ambition would take control of him for the worse. Now king Macbeth viewed everyone as a threat to his throne including friends. Macbeth would hire two men to kill his friend Banquo and his son. Macbeth viewed them as a threat to his throne as Banquo was suspicous to how Macbeth had became king and his son was suppost to become king which was promised by the witches. This shows Macbeth ambition gave him the desire to maintain his power by any means necessary if even that meant killing a loyal friend , which he did in getting Banquo killed. Macbeth vaulting ambition also has a strain on his relationship with his wife. Lady Macbeth is no longer the more ambitious person in the play. Macbeth ambition has now led to him making decesions on his own , no longer consulting Lady Macbeth. Meanwhile Lady Macbeth nows feel neglected by Macbeth causing her to suffer from depression. She also suffers from the guilt of murders which lead to her death. Lady Macbeth own ambiton had an effect on her death but Macbeth ambiton had a great impact

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