Macbeth, By William Shakespeare Essay

1453 Words Jul 27th, 2015 6 Pages
English playwright Thomas Otway once said, “Ambition is a lust that is never quenched, but grows more inflamed and madder by enjoyment.” Simply put, this quote seeks to express his belief that any drive or aspiration that does not have an end-point or objective behind it will only continue to cultivate further as it succeeds and, soon enough, will refuse to come to a halt. It was a concept that was exemplified superbly by the massively popular English dramatist William Shakespeare in his grisliest and most ominous play, Macbeth, in which a prophecy from three witches and immoral motivation combine to produce disastrous results for all the characters involved. The plot revolves around Macbeth, the main character, desires to be the King of Scotland and achieves this accomplishment through the assistance of his tenacious wife, Lady Macbeth, when they formulate and execute their plan on murdering the current King Duncan. To ensure he does not get caught, Macbeth is compelled to commit several more assassinations. However, it only further complicates matters and pits King Duncan’s heir, Malcolm, and his friend, Macduff, against Macbeth. Shakespeare effectively uses these characters and their personal intentions to describe the extremes a blindly ambitious individual is willing to go to achieve their goals and its ramifications in their life.

Macbeth becomes the most ambitious person in the story, after having slain King Duncan to claim the throne as King of Scotland, and…

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