Ambition Essay Titles For The Great

How Would You Title a Book about My Ideas on Passion?

February 22nd, 2011 · 124 comments

Excuse the brief administrative post, but I wanted to take a moment to tap the voluminous collective intelligence of my readers…

Here’s my question:

  • Let’s say I wanted to write a book about my unconventional ideas on passion, including, for example, why “follow your passion” is bad advice, and the type of strategies that actually work. What would you title this book?

Here are the constraints for the title:

  • It needs to be positive: i.e., give the reader a sense of how his or her life would be improved. (In other words, you couldn’t call it “Don’t Follow Your Passion,” as that’s only negative.)
  • It would need to be compelling and make it clear my thoughts are different.

Please share any ideas you have in the comments of this post. I look forward to your thoughts.

A good title for a Macbeth essay could be "Vaulting Ambition: The Tragedy of Overreach in Shakespeare's Macbeth."

In Act I, scene 7, lines 25-28, Macbeth reflects on his decision to kill Duncan and concedes that he has no justifiable reason to do so.  He admits, "I have no spur/
To prick the sides of my intent, but only/Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself/
And falls on the other."  

To vault is to leap with great vigor or to achieve something as if by an enormous leap. If Macbeth were to become the King of Scotland, it would have to be with the aggressive act of killing Duncan and forcing himself into the throne ahead of the rightful heir, Malcolm. 

As Macbeth struggles with his desire for power and his knowledge that he is not worthy, his wife is much further along in the plan to seize the throne.  The overreaching of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth will be the catalyst for many deaths in the play; Duncan, his chamberlains, Banquo, Lady Macduff and her children, Young Siward, Lady Macbeth, and Macbeth himself are all casualties of the vaulting ambition of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

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