Macbeth's Ambition Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… Ambition is generally the motivating factor that leads a person to success. Moreover, ambition is also generally considered a necessary quality in leaders. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth shows his ambitious character by bringing victory to Scotland. However, the same ambition leads him to his end. Macbeth’s ambition is the driving force of the play. Even after receiving a new title, he is still not satisfied and aims for the throne. Macbeth wants to fulfill his goal and ambition of being king and to do that he needed to murder King Duncan. Initially, he is hesitant and does not want to murder the king. However, by the influence of his wife and his ambition to obtain the crown by any means, Macbeth murders Duncan which ultimately leads him to the path of disaster. His ambition not only drives him to do evil deeds, it controls him, “I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o’er-leaps itself and falls on the other.” (Act I sc 7 ll 26-28) He means that his ambition is like a horse that tries to jump too high and falls on the other side of the fence. His ambition is out of control to the extent that it now controls him. It becomes the cause for his new character which contained greed, violence and lust for power. After the murder of Duncan, his vaulting ambition drives him to murder Banquo

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