Ambition In The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald And Macbeth By William Shakespeare

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Any goal in life is achieved through ambition, fueled by determination, desire and hard work. Ambition maybe a driving force to success or to a pit of failure, the path chosen by an individual determines the end. Remember that any goal to be fulfilled needs desire, desire that strives to do good or greedy desire that is selfish. Also the actions that contribute to our ‘hard work’ need to be morally and ethically right to enjoy the sweet success. However, when the desire and determination is stronger than conscience, many tend to fail often reach or don’t reach what they strived for, leaving them emotionally or even physically dead. The inner lying consequence of ambition is clearly ...view middle of the document...

Macbeth contemplates whether or not to kill Duncan in order to become king, he finally decides that if its fate(according to the prophesy), he wouldn’t have to do anything to achieve it therefore he decides not to kill. Back home, Lady Macbeth plans to convince Macbeth to kill Duncan knowing that he is loyal to Duncan “Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o’ milk of human kindness” (Shakespeare 1.5.15. Finally Macbeth submits to her plan influenced by her deceiving words that boasts about the wealth and power they would receive “I am settled, and bend up Each corporal agent to this terrible feat” (Shakespeare 1.7.79-80) . Jay Gatsby on the other hand had a strong desire to marry Daisy whom he had met before leaving for war. He knew that she belong to a rich community and would intend to marry a rich man. The only ambition in Gatsby’s life was to marry Daisy; that as all he lived for, Nick comments on this by saying “Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay.’ ... He had waited five years and bought a mansion where he dispensed starlight to casual moths -- so that he could ‘come over’ some afternoon to a stranger’s garden.” (Fitzgerald. 78). Both Gatsby and Macbeth are determined to gain power to please their mistresses. Macbeth submits to Lady Macbeth’s plan of murdering Duncan to show her that he is brave and courageous. Gatsby, on the other hand, strives for wealth and power to please Daisy and convince her to marry him despite the years they have been apart “ the wordings of naive romance evoke the ambition of the individual,”. Rather than persuing their personal goals and dersires, Macbeth and Gatsby seek to please the women in their lives, their despertion in showing their individual power to their mistresses drives them to commit serious crimes of murder and illegaly activities..
Blinded by women, their lustful desires and dreams took control of their ambition rather than morals and ethics. Despite realizing the fact that their dreams were unrealistic and unachievable with the wrong sense of hope they continue to strive towards their dream. Macbeth is aware of the...

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