Power And Ambition In William Shakespeare's Macbeth

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Register to read the introduction… The only reason he can give for the killing is his ambition. Shakespeare has, with his charctisation of Macbeth shown us that even though he is a good man he is also weak.

The only reason he can give for the killing is his ambition. "I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent but only vaulting ambition." Shakespeare has shown Macbeth's character to be more complex, and he has an overwhelming need for power and glory. Shakespeare has used this soliloquy so his audience can identify with the character; we all have a side to us that is not beyond temptation. The temptation for Macbeth was the power and ambition he craved.

Shakespeare has skilfully ordered the Scenes in Act 1 to keep his audience guessing. Macbeth at this point is an honourable and brave man in contrast, Lady Macbeth has murderous intentions, her ambition is stronger, she knows Macbeth will need persuading, and that he has a conscience "your face, my thane is a book where men may read strange matters" Act 1 scene 6. She encourages him to be deceitful in his appearance "to beguile this time." "Look like th'innocent flower
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With the use of metaphor "like the poor cat I'th'adage." Lady Macbeth suggests Macbeth wants the crown but does not want to do the deed to obtain it. At this point she uses calm deliberate speech to persuade Macbeth.

Shakespeare now changes the pace, keeping the tension for his audience. Macbeth now standing up to his wife, "I dare do all that becomes a man; who dares do more is none." Again she challenges his manhood. "When you durst do it, then you were a man. Then Shakespeare grips his audience with, Lady Macbeth telling Macbeth "Tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, plucked my nipple from its boneless gums and bashed it brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to do this." His audience would have been shocked and horrified at the image of this terrible act, Shakespeare's skill at keeping his audiences' attention very evident here. This is now the turning point, She has persuaded him. He has doubts, "if we should fail." Shakespeare now speeds things up even more, giving the scene a sense of excitement and urgency. "Screw your courage to the sticking place and we'll not fail." Shakespeare uses a metaphor

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