The Reckless Ambition of a Bloody Tyrant Essay

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The Reckless Ambition of a Bloody Tyrant The play Macbeth by the famous playwright William Shakespeare, is a tragedy of an ambitious nobleman in Scotland, whose eventual downfall is a product of his greedy ambition. In the play Macbeth commits a series of murders to gain the right to the throne of Scotland. He fights, kills, and challenges his way to the top, through the witches prophecies, only to find their reassuring prophecies vessels full of nothing but false hope. In the play Macbeth, Macbeth is doomed to fail from the beginning. Macbeth’s failure is a product of his own reckless ambition. Macbeth sees no consequences in his own actions, he can only see his completed goals. Throughout the play Macbeth makes a series of serious decisions, but only momentarily contemplates their consequences, if at all. Throughout the play, as he gets closer to his goals, he becomes more and more blind to the actions of other around him. As the play progresses, Macbeth becomes more detached, and only can see his himself as the unchallenged ruler of Scotland. “And even now,/ To crown my thought with acts, be it thought and done!/ The castle of Macduff I will surprise,/ Seize upon Fife, give to the edge of the sword/ His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls/ that trace him in his line.” (4.1.164-169) In this scene Macbeth decides to kill Macduff, his family, and all in his house, because he has been told by the three Weird Sisters to beware Macduff. Macbeth decides to kill everyone in the house of Macduff, because he was told he may be a traitor. Macbeth takes drastic action without thinking over hearsay. This shows how narrow minded Macbeth is, and how he can not see the consequences of his actions. Macbeth's downfall is his own doing when he disregards obvious and very real threats to Dunsinane. Macbeth has so much confidence in the prophecies of the witches,

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