The Theme Of Ambition And Power In Macbeth

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The strive for ambition and power can seem like true perfection for many people, but one should be careful of what they are willing to do for power, because it may be exactly what causes their downfall. This is true in William Shakespeare 's story about a man named Macbeth. By the end of this short play Macbeth has committed many murders and is willing to do whatever it takes to remain King such as murder innocent people. Each successive murder illustrates how Macbeth is changing for the worse; he becomes more violent and confident with every murder. When Macbeth murders Duncan, he debates the crime. Afterwards he is filled with guilt about what he has done. As he progresses to the murder of Banquo he is more confident but still has some feelings …show more content…
Originally it is Lady Macbeth who came up with the plan and insists that her husband follows it. Macbeth questions whether or not it is a good idea to go through with the plan. He states that he is Duncan 's kinsman and subject, that he has been a good king. As well as that he has no other reason to murder him besides the fact that he wants to become King. When Lady Macbeth finds out about her husband’s second thoughts she manipulates him into doing it by questioning his manhood. Macbeth finally agrees to go through with the plan and murders Duncan. Afterwards Macbeth is distraught and forgets to leave the daggers with the guards as originally planned. He comes back with his hands covered in blood and that he cannot wash it off. Macbeth hallucinates someone crying “Sleep no more! / Macbeth does murder sleep.” (II, II, 43-44) He also states that he can no longer say the word Amen. This shows that Macbeth feels guilty for what he has done. Macbeth regrets the murder of Duncan and says “Wake Duncan with thy knocking! / I would thou couldst.” (II, II, 88-89) Indicating that he wishes Duncan was still alive to be woken up by the knocking. The murder of Duncan compared to the murder of Banquo is very …show more content…
During the witches prophecies it is predicted that Banquo will be the father of a line of kings. Once Macbeth has gone through so much to become King he does not want anything to stand in the way of him, because of this he decides to plot the murder of Banquo and Fleance. He hires two murders to murder them far away from the castle so no one suspects him. When the murders proceed with the plan they kill Banquo but Fleance escapes which angers Macbeth. Macbeth plots this murder without the help of Lady Macbeth. He does not tell her of his plans ether. This indicates that Macbeth is becoming more confident in himself as well as more violent. Although Macbeth was willing to do whatever it takes to stay in power he still has hallucinations which are most likely a manifestation of guilt. While at dinner that night Macbeth sees an image of Banquo, proving not only his paranoia but his progressive loss of sanity, this also indicates that he does feel some remorse and guilt for the murder of Banquo. During the murder of Macduff’s family Macbeth feels no

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