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Macbeth Comparative
« on: October 11, 2021, 10:21:35 pm »
Hi! Here's an intro on the topic:
Compare and contrast the ways in which ambition motivates and causes destruction in Macbeth and the Social Network.

Would love some feedback (don't mind if it's harsh)! Also would love to know if people think this is suitable amount of info to put in an intro.

Both Macbeth and the Social Network explore the direct causational link between ambition and destruction, examining how ambition can play a critical role in failures of morality, humanity and social cohesiveness. In Macbeth, Shakespeare suggests through the eponymous character’s arc that an overabundance of ambition can encourage a loss of humanity and an antipathy towards the sanctity of human life. Macbeth’s ‘vaulting ambition’ overrides his conscience as well as any semblance of empathy towards the other characters in the play, and his blatant disregard for anything aside from the throne catalyses the loss of his humanity. Similarly, The Social Network also speaks to the point that ambition destroys – more than anything - deeply personal elements of life, with Mark’s single-minded focus on his goals implying that ambition is an inherently selfish exercise which isolates an individual from those close to them, and erodes social cohesiveness. The complex portraits of ambition offered by these texts both challenge the notion that the end justifies the means by portraying the destructive costs that stem from an overwhelming desire to achieve.