Posted at 10.04.2018
Is too much ambition harmful? In most cases, ambition is the travelling force to accomplish one's goal; therefore it is thought as a good thing. Because the push of Ambition is so strong, it will be able to turn one's desire or goal into truth. But too much ambition can override one's morality, because one can easily become overly paranoid by it, which will cause them to suspect the people around them. Two great illustrations of men and women in literature who experienced the downfall of experiencing too much ambition are Oedipus from the play Oedipus The King and Macbeth from the play Macbeth; both takes on compiled by William Shakespeare. Both Macbeth and Oedipus are driven by the make of ambition to attain great goals in their lives, but will try too hard to attain the impossible and eventually ends up making themselves and people around them miserable. Therefore, ambition is good as long as the first is contented in carrying it out rather than shedding moral perspective, and discarding services from individuals around them (even the reliable ones).
The history of Oedipus' downfall started out with Oedipus fleeing from the kingdom of Corinth because of a prophecy. The Oracle says that Oedipus will soon get rid of his father, marry his mother and will have incest children with her. Oedipus first ambition was as simple concerning control his life and match his own future by leaving his adopted parents (the king and queen of Corinth) whom he still feels are his natural parents. On his voyage, he happens to run into just a little issue with the ruler of Thebes (King Laius, also his natural daddy) and without knowing this stranger's identification, Oedipus' impulsiveness and extreme satisfaction causes him to accidentally killed him. This is when Oedipus starts to truly have a bit more ambition, for he considers that he can control anything and anyone who's in his way. Then arriving into metropolis of Thebes, he happens to perform in to the Sphinx and resolved her riddles, which made him the new king of Thebes and unwillingly hitched the queen of Thebes, Jocasta (his natural mother whom he has no idea about). After spending twenty years ruling in Thebes with Jocasta and his children with her, his second ambition was to be always a perfect king by finishing the Apollo's plague. In order to do this, he must check out into the unsolved death circumstance of King Laius, so he requests the all the citizens to " Banish this man- whoever he might be- never shelter him, never speak a term to him, never make him spouse to your prayers, your victims burnt to the gods.  Drive him away, each of you from every home " (range 270-275). But this is obvious that Oedipus is digging up his own mud, for he's the killer of King Laius, which is also the reason why the plague started in Thebes. When Creon attempts to speak him out of this investigation, he remarks that Creon is wanting to dominate him throne and when Tiresias informed him that "Creon is not your downfall, no, you are your own. " (lines 431), Oedipus expect that Tiresias' words was paid by Creon to overthrow him. With too much ambition, Oedipus had not been able to trust anyone, instead he discarded the services from his reliable brother in law and Tiresias. His impulsiveness causes him to suspect Creon, refuses to pay attention Tiresias and Jocasta, and in the end, blinded himself, which all brings about him demises.
Similar to Oedipus is Macbeth. Macbeth began as a respected general who fought and acquired the civil warfare (along with Banquo) for Ruler Duncan and his country. But Macbeth's downfall started out after getting the prophecies from the 3 witches (along with Banquo), which says that " Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!" (1. 3. 56-57) and that Banquo's kid will be "Lesser than Macbeth, and greater. Not so happy yet notably happier" (1. 3. 71-72). Instead of ignoring the thought of being king; Macbeth chose to tell his wife about any of it. After hearing from her spouse that his destiny was designed to be a ruler, Girl Macbeth of course persuades her man into eradicating Duncan to obtain the throne. Just as much as Macbeth adores his better half, he might well have easily walked from this temptation because Macbeth is definitely a commendable warrior towards Duncan and killing the ruler is a matter of life and loss of life. Spending so much time to overcome the sensation of guilt that his ambition is placing him in (the have difficulties between right and wrong) " is this a dagger which I see before me, the take care of toward my hand? Come, i want to clutch thee! "( 2. 1. 43-44), Macbeth determines to check out his lady's plan " I go, which is done. The bell invites me. Listen to it not, Duncan, for this is a knell that summons thee to heaven or to hell" (2. 1. 72-74). His decision to follow his wife's plan of eliminating Duncan implies that he has the self applied desire to be someone higher than just a general. After acquiring the throne from eradicating Duncan and having the ultimate power as the new king, Macbeth seems to have lost all his conscience. Since both Macbeth and Banquo were at the arena when the witches provided the prophecies, Macbeth is now living in the fear of not being able to maintain his throne, for Banquo's son is part of the prophecies. This causes Macbeth to become extremely paranoid, which drove him to destroy his dearest friend Banquo, for he suspects Banquo of attempting to overthrow him so that Banquo's child can be the next ruler. As the storyplot progress, we see that Macbeth's ambition drove him to suspect and wiped out many in order to keep up his throne, but he was not in a position to live a contented life, instead he loses his better half and suffers by having a life filled with guilt and shame.
We know that without ambition, one won't flourish in life because ambition makes everything appear possible to achieve. But we also know that one should be contented when making choices alternatively than being excessively paranoid rather than being to trust individuals around them. Both Oedipus and Macbeth are ambitious market leaders, but when striving too hard to achieve the impossible insurance agencies too much ambition, they finished up hurting the individuals around them, which contributes to their demises. For Oedipus who believes he's perfect at everything, but only views things on its surface rather than comprehensive, ended up living in agony. For Macbeth, his ambition to be king converted into greed, which causes him to reduce all his moral point of view, moving into a unhappy and disastrous life. Therefore, ambition is not damaging only when one is able to limit him/herself from having too much ambition.