Macbeth Essay

Essay by Cassie1789High School, 12th gradeB, January 2007

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In the play, Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, a virtuous leader and loyal nobleman named Macbeth becomes a maniacal murderer when his ambitions become tainted with the desire for power and advancement. This sudden alteration in behavior supports the theme, ambition vs. greed and is proven through several significant scenes of violence.

Macbeth is a strong good hearted man who is not naturally inclined to commit any kind of offensive acts but when the three witches tell him that he is destined to reign over Scotland and Cawdor his vision becomes clouded with greed. In Act 1 Scene 7 Macbeth murders king Duncan against his better judgement stating "The only thing motivating me is ambition, which makes people rush ahead of themselves toward disaster." Macbeth contemplates going through with the murder claiming that the king trusts him both as a kinsman and a host but in the end he is willing to do anything to secure a spot of prestige and wealth.

Once Macbeth murders the king, his blood thirsty rage goes into full throttle. New threats continue to obstruct his path to power: the prophecy that all of Banquo's ancestors with take the throne and Macduff's quest to halt his destructive ways. In Act 3 Scene 1 Macbeth orders two men to kill Banquo and his son, Fleance in hopes that their deaths will bring him closer to his goal. Macbeth then viciously murders the Macduffs wife and son just to spite him. In the end Macbeth meets his maker. All his atrocious attempts to become king have failed.

A man whose soul purpose was to protect and serve his people has been thrown off the path of righteousness and caged in chasm of pure greed. He was not satisfied with being a loyal kinsman so when he...