Posted at 10.16.2018
Ambition is defined as a longing to accomplish something or even as the motivating factor for your personal success. Everyone has an objective or dream that he / she wishes to achieve, but sometimes it is hard to attain this without some sense of ambition or longing to attain it. The societal view of ambition is known as to be an important quality of any innovator. Anyone that did great things in his / her life or even wanted to do higher things owns a certain ambitious quality. However, an excessive amount of ambition could lead a person to think that he or she has to proceed through extraordinary procedures (good or bad) to attain this aspiration. Having said that, ambition should only be possessed to a certain extent, and in The Tragedy of Macbeth, ambition is the sole reason behind downfall. The actual fact that Macbeth gets to such a great success and high standing, yet he's unsatisfied portrays Macbeth's over-ambitious character. The corrupt aspect of unrestrained ambition clouds one's capacity to think and act rationally, resulting in eventual demise as shown in William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Macbeth through conflict, paradox, and symbolism.
The different conflicts of man vs. personal shown in the play portray unnecessary ambition as a negative quality so that as the possible result of downfall. The first have difficulty over ambition between man and self applied in Macbeth is seen when Macbeth says, "I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only/Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself/And comes on th' other---" (Mac. 1. 7. 25-28). From this, Macbeth demonstrates he allows his ambition to regulate his actions alternatively than motivate him. He understands that he is going to do something incorrect, but he also knows there is nothing he can do to prevent it. This price identifies how he realizes that his ambition becomes higher than his own purpose. At one point, however, Macbeth seems discontent along with his decision to murder Duncan which is shown when he says, "We will continue no more in this business:/He hath honored me lately, and I have bought/Golden ideas from all sorts of people. " (Mac. 1. 7. 31-33). Macbeth starts to understand that he may be in a good enough position in contemporary society as is. He begins to question whether or not he should reach a higher standing in a far more dignified way, rather than by murdering the king. This quote demonstrates that Macbeth realizes his ambition can lead to something bad - some kind of collapse. The turmoil of man vs. self shown through Macbeth's dialogue and soliloquies throughout the play exhibits the negativity associated with an exceedingly ambitious quality.
Macbeth's ambitious personality is also shown through the witches using paradox throughout the play. The irony on the play starts fairly early when the witches give their prophecies to Macbeth and Banquo. The witches tell Macbeth within an ironic paradox, "All hail, Macbeth! That shalt be king hereafter. " (Mac. 1. 3. 50). Although this statement holds true, it is ironic because Macbeth didn't realize that his time as king would turn out opposite of expected. He most likely believed that he'd be abundant, well reputed, and would carry all ability in Scotland which would make him happy. However, the witches' prophecies were cleverly intended to manipulate his fragile mind. In order to gratify his own ambition, Macbeth kills Duncan in hopes that he will reach the joy of being ruler, when in actuality, his kingship concludes miserably. The witches also screen ironic dialogue to exhibit Macbeth's ambitious aspect through the apparitions. The first and second apparitions completely contradict the other person where in fact the first says to avoid Macduff, the second says nobody born of girl can harm him. The third apparition also tells Macbeth that he'll be safe until the woods move into his house (which seems impossible). With this, the witches are trying to give Macbeth assurance, however, not true self-assurance - they are trying to give him a false sense of security. They use double meanings to do this. This heightens his ambitious quality by motivating him to finally reach a happy kingship. However, the reason the witches have for providing him these two times meanings foreshadow that this ambition will lead him to demise. The paradoxes found in the witches' dialogue prove and present perception into Macbeth's extreme ambition and present hints toward his eventual end.
Lastly, the utilization of symbolism throughout the tragedy aids in demonstrating the unwanted effects of high ambition. A visible symbolic image in the play is seen through family pets, for example, when Female Macbeth uses a serpent to symbolize the take action of striking the ruler when the appropriate time comes. The characteristics of an serpent include witty, evil, and sneaky which directly relate to Sweetheart Macbeth's characteristics. This notion demonstrates that ambition is not necessarily a good quality to possess. Ambition is portrayed negatively here in that she becomes evil in mother nature. These three characteristics that are descriptive of the serpent and Female Macbeth prove that a person will proceed through extreme costs to accomplish whatever she or he wants with out a care. The best obvious exemplory case of symbolism, though, is toward the finish when Sweetheart Macbeth begins showing indications of paranoia in her rest when she says, "Out, damn'd position!" (Mac. 5. 1. 35). The "spot" Sweetheart Macbeth tries to remove from her hands symbolizes the different murders that she and her spouse get excited about. The actual fact that she actually is unable to fully clean it off also symbolizes her difficulty conquering the guilt she feels. This shows that Female Macbeth slowly begins to lose her head (which eventually leads to her tragic destiny). Although this is not the result of her ambition, her ambition encouraged her to visit extraordinary steps to get what she wishes. This motivation have directly lead to her insanity. By using symbolism, the audience can conclude that ambition not only causes demise, but also a certain amount of guilt and fighting leading to downfall.
Society sees ambition as a confident quality, but it is an excellent that can certainly produce negative effects if used in excessive amount. A person's desire to take action could become too great and lead the individual to undergo extremes to attain what he or she wants. This could (though, not always) lead to a negative outcome. Excessive ambition, when used to do evil things, is not worth the guilt that accompanies it. The use of literary elements in Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Macbeth offers plentiful situations in which causes harmful consequences.
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