Power And Failure Essay

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Power and failure

“Ambition is an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honor, fame, or wealth and the willingness to strive for its attainment”. That being said, what can one go through if their ambition is too much to handle? Anyone who gains excessive power often loses control of personal goals, morals, ethics, and values. Uncontrollable ambition conquers Macbeth in William Shakespeare's play.

Ambition changes Macbeth from a morally grounded man to a ruthless greedy man. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth stood by Duncan and defeated the rebel thane of Cawdor and showed his loyalty. Although, when Macbeth finds out the he is destined to be king his ...view middle of the document...

When Lady Macbeth took initiative, Macbeth finally felt that strong sense of power, and he only wanted more. Ambition is like the devil upon Macbeth's shoulder. When threatened by Lady Macbeth, it goes into overdrive to prove her wrong.
Macbeth
The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step
on which I must fall down or else o'erleap,
For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires;
Let not light see my black and deep desires.
The eye wink at the hand, yet let that
be which the eyes fears, when it is done,
to see. (Page 29)
Macbeth loses some of his humanity when he thinks this to himself. He is no longer thinking of the consequences but thinking more of what needs to be done in order to be king. He is sacrificing all his morals, values, and beliefs in order to gain great power. He is giving up a life where he could be the Thane of Cawdor, have a great friendship with Duncan,and having kids with Lady Macbeth to continue their family name for power. In these three quotes you can see how Macbeth dealt with power and corruption, although he put that in his own hands.

Uncontrollable changed Macbeth but it also caused him to kill Duncan against his greater nature. After Lady Macbeth told him that he does not have it in him to do what needs to be done, she decided to make the first step and kill Duncan.
Macbeth
Besides, this Duncan hath borne his faculties so meek,
hath been so clear in his great office, that his virtues
will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued against
the deep damnation of his taking off; and pity,
like a naked newborn babe striding the blast.
I have no spur to prick the sides of my
intent, but only vaulting ambition, which
o'erleaps itself and falls on th' other- (Page 40-41)
When Macbeth thinks to himself these words, he explains how he thinks Duncan is a humble leader and free of corruption. In a way, since Macbeth is not humble and not free of corruption, he will not be a good as a leader Duncan has been. On the human nature scale, Macbeth has taken the path towards Hitler, killing for power.
Adolf Hitler
Make the lie big, make it simple,
keep saying it, and eventually
they will believe it.
In this quote, Adolf Hitler says how if you tell a simple yet big lie to people, and keep on saying it, they will eventually believe it. Connecting Adolf Hitler and Macbeth is easy because they both seek power, they sacrifice their ethics and morals for power, and they both tell big enough lies that people will eventually believe.
Macbeth
I am settled and bend up away,
corporal agent to...

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