The Cause of Macbeth's Ruin

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The Cause of Macbeth's Ruin

The specific root of Macbeth's ruin is his uncontrollable ambition. His desires take control of his actions and this becomes his tragic flaw. It prevents him from becoming aware of when to stop; he is never fully satisfied as his desire for power grows. Macbeth's judgment is impaired since he only accepts ideas that will benefit him in obtaining his wants. He also becomes self centered and loses his feeling towards others as a result of his need for fulfillment. All these points in Macbeth's character are caused by his ambition which seems to have no boundaries. It grows more abundant as his role in William Shakespeare's play, Macbeth , progresses.

Macbeth's desire for power becomes an obsessive trait for him. It prevents him from realizing when to stop; he is never fully satisfied and always demands more. In Macbeth's first meeting with the witches he is told that he is to be the Thane of Cawdor and king.

Soon after he was told these prophesies he already becomes eager to learn more; his eagerness is shown when he tells the witches, 'Stay you imperfect speakers, tell me more' (Act.1,Sc.3,Ln.70). Later in the same scene Ross, a Scottish noble, presents Macbeth with the title Thane of Cawdor and here he realized that the prophesies are true. The veracity of these prophesies disturb Macbeth because at this point he is already filled with the notion of being king and murder as the way of attaining that title. Macbeth even asks himself; 'why do I yield to that suggestion, whose horrid image doth unfix my hair and make my seated heart knock at my ribs' (Act.1, Sc.3,Ln.134-136). This quotation shows that the thought of murder is not intentional because he questions his own imagination, but caused by...