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Pride And Ambition Essay

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When people hear the word “pride”, the range of connotations is extensive: to some, pride means having confidence in one’s ability to accomplish something or having a high sense of self-worth; to others, pride is synonymous with arrogance and vanity. However, then the question being asked is what does pride actually mean? Pride is defined as a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements. Knowing what pride means, understanding how people become prideful becomes significantly easier. People become prideful when they are confident, and people become confident once they achieve a goal. However, when someone accomplishes such a feat, he or she becomes extremely ...view middle of the document...

Macbeth’s treasonous thoughts exhibit how Macbeth became unscrupulous in his ambition became to get the throne— he thought he deserved the throne, a confidence he gained since he was given titles of nobility shortly before. Consequently, he gained the confidence to take the throne and killed King Duncan. At first glance, pride appears to affect ambition positively: Macbeth went from being a nobleman to becoming a king of a country, but Macbeth still had remnants of his dangerous pride that led him to his downfall. Macbeth’s final act of effrontery was when he declared that “till Birnam Wood… [removed]… to Dunsinane… [he could not]… taint with fear” (5, 3, 2-3). Basically, Macbeth was completely unperturbed by the fact that tens of thousands of English soldiers were coming to lay siege to his castle, which demonstrates his excessive amount of arrogance, a result of him being king. He thought that he had nobody to fear because he led “a charmed life, which must not yield to one of woman born” (5, 8, 12-13), but that very thought was what killed him. Macbeth was arrogant because he used to be successful in battle; therefore, he thought he would win the war. However, Macbeth did not expect Macduff to be the man the prophecy described (only someone not...

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