Presentation on theme: "Can You Ever Be too Ambitious?"— Presentation transcript:
1Can You Ever Be too Ambitious? Ambition is a powerful, motivating force. Often it is considered desirable, since it inspires people to realize their dreams. In fact, people without ambition are usually regarded as lazy.Is it possible to be overly ambitious? When might high aspirations lead to terrible consequences?Such questions are explored in the story of Macbeth, a general whose ambition is to become king.With a partner, brainstorm a list of people – historical and contemporary – whose ambitions had tragic consequences. Beside their names, jot down what they hoped to achieve and the negative results of their ambitions.
2Individual Negative Results HitlerJohn F. KennedyMartin Luther KingObamaPonce de LeonReverend Jim JonesDeath of millions and himselfCorrupt / Unfaithful in marriage /AssassinationHealth CareNever found the Fountain of YouthConvinced people to commit ritualistic suicide
3Individual Negative Results 2nd PeriodKarl Marx (idealist)Napoleon (started off as an idealist / became corrupt)Julius CaesarNelson Mandella (idealist)Saddam HusseinAbraham Lincoln (idealist)Founder of Communism, which became corrupt.He was defeated and exiled.He wanted to conquer the world; he was assassinated by Brutus and the other conspirators.He was imprisoned; eventually worked out to his benefit.Terrorist / 9/11 attacksAssassinated
4Individual Negative Results 2nd PeriodMalcolm XMcCarthyJohn LennonJohn KennedyRasputinGeorge WallaceNicholas RomanovUsed violent tactics for a noble cause.Tried to expunge Communism; in doing so, innocent people were hurt.He was a member of Beatles / shot and killed by a crazed fan because of the fan’s ambition.He was going to revolutionize American values / was assassinated.Influenced Russia through the Czar’s wife / sorcery / poisoned, shot, and drowned.Trying to fight for equality for races / shot at one of his speeches.Removed from power / executed along with his entire family.