Ayesha H.2017/11/20Thomas Jefferson once said “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” Do you agree with that? Ambition is what drives a human mind to complete what needs to be done. Sometimes, the need is beneficial (for oneself and for others), but other times the need can and (probably) will destroy everything. In the tragedy Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, and in correlation with current world society, through the use of character and location, it is portrayed that ambition not only drives a person to madness but ambition paired with peer pressure can make any person, even one with the purest morals and the highest values, act in ways that are more than contradictory. Let’s begin by using the element of cognitive design, character to analyze and prove the thesis stated above. There are multiple ambitious characters in Macbeth, one of whos has ambition has her fatal flaw. Not only does Lady Macbeth’s ambition for her husband to get the crown results in her commiting suicide but it does not make her husband grieve her death, the way a husband who would mourn for his wife whom he loved dearly. This can be seen through the change of emotion Macbeth for his wife. During the beginning of the play, when Macbeth send the letter to his wife he addresses her as “This have I thought good to deliver thee, my dearest partner of greatness, that thou might’st not lose the dues of rejoicing,…”(1.4.3-4). But, as the play progressed, the distance between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth increased to a point where Macbeth did not even flinch when he was informed of his wife’s’ death “She should have died hereafter./ There would have been a time for such a word” (5.5.18-19). After pressuring her husband into murdering Duncan, Lady Macbeth gradually weakens her bond, as a wife, with her husband. This weakening of their bond plays a role in her losing her mind, which ultimately makes her commit suicide. Therefore ambition can be beneficial if used appropriately, but if abused, ambition can also be the cause of one’s death. Moving on, neurologists are still finding facts about the human brain, the reason behind he need to murder someone is still unknown. On April 4th 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee, one of the most important members in the civil right movements was murdered. His name was Martin Luther King Jr and his death affected citizens all over the world. King believed that violence would never solve anything. This is exactly why his family decided to not issue the death penalty to Mr. Earl by stating ” As one whose husband and mother-in-law have died the victims of murder and assassination, I stand firmly and unequivocally opposed to the death penalty for those convicted of capital offenses… An evil deed is not redeemed by an evil deed of retaliation” (Coretta Scott King). James Ray Earl killed one of the most respected black man because he was raised in a poor environment and was a known racist. His ambitious hate against the black community led Earl, a guy with good morals to commit such a heinous act. All in all, an act done as a result of ambition, is strong enough to drive a perfect sane person to madness as seen by Lady Macbeth OR it can make a man with good morals commit murder as seen by Earl. Continuing on, the location also plays an important part on whether or not ambition is strong enough to influence one’s mind. As known by many, Macbeth was a kind hearted man who only wanted good for his king, “Brave Macbeth, laughing at Luck, chopped his way through to Macdonwald, who didn’t even have time to say good-bye or shake hands before Macbeth split him open from his navel to his jawbone and stuck his head on our castle walls” (1.2.14-19), but the ambition to rule destroyed the goodness in his heart. Although he wanted the crown, Macbeth did not want to kill Duncan to gain the crown because ke knew that because not only was Duncan Macbeth’s cousin but Duncan was also his host which meant that macbeth should protect him from killers not be the one to kill him. The pressure from lady macbeth and wanting to prove to her that he was a man, all came upon him at once making him, making him think irrationally and decide to kill the king by stating, “I am settled, and bend up/ Each corporal agent to this terrible feat./ Away, and mock the time with fairest show./False face must hide what the false heart doth know. (act 1 scene 7 79-83). Macbeth was able to look right at Duncan and party with him, while knowing very well that he would be killing him soon. Although Macbeth was a soldier with honour, the ambition to having more replaced that honour with darkness, making Macbeth a “tyrant”. Hate crimes are also examples of ambitious citizens. Less than a month ago, on November 6th 2017, a father murdered his on son claiming that “He’d rather have a dead son than a gay one’ (mail online). The father took advantage of his sons locations considering the son lived alone and shot him multiple times. If a father can kill his 14 year old son because of ambition, and a cousin murder his king because he wanted more. then the question that arises is that, is there anything ambition cannot influence? In conclusion, ambition is a fatal flaw that every human possesses, it could drive a person to madness just as easily as it could influence the mind of a highly moral person. Lady Macbeth got what she had really wanted when her husband murdered Duncan but in the process she lost her soul to ambition. James Earl Ray killed an important civilian because of his ambitious hate towards the black community. Macbeth stabbed his king, whom he highly respected, only because he “assumed” the witches would not lie to him and a father shot his own son because he did not like the son’s life choices. All of these incident are done by people who were kind hearted, good and really ambitious. There is nothing wrong with wanting something as working hard to attain that, as long as one’s work does not takes one’s or any other person’s life.