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The Cause of Macbeths Ruin The specific root of Macbeths 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 Macbeths 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 Macbeths character are caused by his ambition which seems to have no boundaries It grows more abundant as his role in William Shakespeares play Macbeth progresses Macbeths 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 Macbeths 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 Act1Sc3Ln70 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 Act1 Sc3Ln134-136 This quotation shows that the thought of murder is not intentional because he questions his own imagination but caused by Macbeths natural desires and ambition which he cannot control Already he dismisses the fact that he has become Thane and his hopes
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