Ambition In Shakespeare's Macbeth And The Witches

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Is too much ambition really a thing to look down upon, or is it just survival of the fittest? In the cursed play, Macbeth, a variety of characters endure malicious murders and grieving guilt. Macbeth is a relentless warrior who is the pride and joy of Scotland. Despite being a respected soldier, Macbeth is easily manipulated especially by his wife and the Witches. Even though Lady Macbeth and the Witches have great influences on him, Macbeth is responsible for his own downfall.
Although Macbeth sees some truth in the Witches, they contribute to his evil intentions and eventual death. Macbeth’s first encounter with the Witches is strange, weird even, and they are the characters responsible for sparking his interest in power and ultimately becoming king. Upon Macbeth’s initial interaction with the Witches, they tempt him with prophecies like “...that salt be King” (Shakespeare 1.3.50). Before the Witches predicted this, Macbeth had no ill intentions, or any intentions of becoming King; however, they put the idea of
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At first, the Witches spark the idea of being king to Macbeth, but he is too kind and womanly to carry out the necessary steps to kill Duncan to become king. Lady Macbeth belittles him, causing him to become too ambitious; however she eventually is consumed by her guilt and it influences Macbeth’s guilty feelings. After Macbeth kills Banquo, Duncan, and Macduff’s family, the guilt he feels from his murders and his wife’s influence cause his mental stability to decline. In the end, he committed every single one of his murders, Lady Macbeth did contribute to his greedy wants, but she did not physically make him do anything. Macbeth lost grip on his sanity, and savagely killed numerous people just to almost become king. Times sure have changed since Macbeth was written, but too much ambition can be relatable to some people in today’s

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