Representations of Power, Greed and Ambition

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In the play Macbeth and the film Wall Street there are many representations of several cultural discourses. The characters in the play Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare and the film Wall Street, written by Oliver Stone, promote particular views about ambition, power and greed. The similar discourses operating in the texts Macbeth and Wall Street are represented through characters and events. The cultural assumptions that influence the writers of Macbeth and Wall Street also underpin the two texts.

In the play, Macbeth, and the film Wall Street, there are many representations of an ambitious discourse. At the commencement of the play Macbeth, many readers are positioned to believe the main character, Macbeth, to be perfectly innocent before an ambitious discourse took a hold on him. However, a much wider audience determines Macbeth had already harboured a guilt and ambitious discourse. At the beginning of the play readers are introduced to the wicked witches’ prophecies of Macbeth becoming King of Scotland. The witches were the driving force of Macbeth’s guilty ambition and were the prophecies that would play on his mind continually. “All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter,” (Act One, Scene 3, Line 53). Following this, readers are introduced to Lady Macbeth, another character that encounters an ambitious discourse. The audience witnesses Lady Macbeth and Macbeth’s ambitious discourse being ruined when they conclude that the only way to be on the throne is to commit the murder of the loyal King Duncan. The murderous actions of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth lead to their guilty ambition influencing each other to commit deeds that would not only ruin their clean conscience, but also their cultural assumptions. Their assumptions would change and the characters’ attitudes, values and beliefs would be destroyed from their determination to have the authority
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