What is the common denominator between the Colorado shooting and Shakespeare’s Macbeth? Blind ambition. It’s what drive people now and then use to motivate themselves to do things they want to. Macbeth relates to our society as demonstrated by the theme blind ambition. Some current day issues that show the blind ambitious side of people are; events such as the Colorado shooting at the movie theatre, Hitler causing a genocide, and in general how people will do anything they have to in order to get what they want. In Macbeth, you see the takeover of a country and the riddance of their values and honor all for someone’s desires; and in the end it all backfires with the death of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
The theme blind ambition refers to someone acting without thinking about the consequences to their actions. A good example of this in Macbeth is in Act 4 Scene 3 Line 24 which says, “For mine own good all causes shall give…way. I am in blood stepp’d in so far that, should I wade in no more, returning were as tedious as go’er.” spoken by Macbeth. The quote is basically Macbeth’s way of saying that he will do what he has to do to get the results he wants, and that he doesn’t care what consequences come from it. Macbeth also is saying that he’s already killed so many people that there’s no reason for him to worry about killing anyone else. This cockiness is what leads to his downfall. Not caring about the results of our actions is something that didn’t stop after Shakespeare; it’s still a current issue that gets us into trouble a lot. Some proof of this is how people like James Holmes was able to shoot a movie theater in Colorado without stopping to think of the lives it would take, the time he would spend in jail, or the sadness that he would cause the friends and families of those lost. This is just one example of blind ambition in our current society.
The theme blind ambition is timeless because, like many of Shakespeares writings, it’s something...
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