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Macbeth Essay

  • Submitted by: xfam0usx
  • on February 24, 2011
  • Category: Shakespeare
  • Length: 1,419 words

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Macbeth's vaulting ambition, though it is what brings him to his height of power, it is also what leads him to his downfall. Vaulting Ambition is Macbeth's only flaw; it disables him to achieve his utmost goals and forces him to face his fate. Without this ambition, though, Macbeth never would have been able to achieve his power as King of Scotland or have been able to carry out his evil deeds. In these instances, ambition helped Macbeth do what he wanted to do. But, consequently, Macbeth's ambition has another face and is what leads him to his tragic downfall. Had he not been so enveloped with becoming King and remaining powerful, he would not have continued to kill innocent people in order to keep his position. It was because of these killings and his overbearing attitude that caused him to be overthrown and killed himself.
Macbeth, at the beginning of the play seems to be a very noble person. He is characterized as being very loyal and honorable. He fights in the battle against Norway which proves his loyalty, then he i

His tragic flaw was his "vaulting ambition" that is what made him want to murder Duncan in the first place. Even after killing Duncan Macbeth's ambition affected him as he always wanted to better himself ("To be thus is nothing, but to be safely thus")

As a result of this he keeps killing and isolates himself from everybody else. Lady Macbeth kills herself as she was isolated by him whilst he was trying to fulfil his ambitions and eventually Macduff leads a rebellion against him which causes his death.

Macbeth loses everyone and everything he cares for because of this ambition.
As I said, Macbeth was ultimately ambitious.   But Lady Macbeth was far moreso.   And it was she who encouraged Macbeth to begin the journey that ended in their deaths.   It seems to me that, at the beginning of the play Macbeth is no more ambitious than any other man.   He is a brave military man, loyal to his king and country and honored by them. Certainly he is...

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