Exploring The Theme Of Ambition In Macbeth By William Shakespeare

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The feeling of accomplishment, self-pride, and motivation are all beautiful things in life and are what shape one 's character. Without it, the world would simply be a boring place. Ambition is the act or strong desire to achieve or sustain a particular goal in relevance to hard work, dedication, and personal values. Although ambition is a powerful, usually positive experience, it can sometimes mislead one 's values and perspectives into negative, questionable acts. Macbeth, by William Shakespeare is a brilliant short story about a soldier (Macbeth) who becomes deprived of his own assumptions of becoming king, and in the end, is willing to do anything for being crowned Thane Of Cawdor, and then king. William Shakespeare uses symbolism and character …show more content…
As a soldier of Scotland, he chooses to explore a side of him that he has has just begun to discover, which is ambition. It is important to recognize Macbeth 's actions at the beginning of the play because it sets his character throughout the story, revealing several ironic cases in regards to Duncan 's Naive trust and Macbeth 's reluctance. As the gloomy skies wear off once the witches prophecies have been delivered about Macbeth 's future as king and what consequences he will receive to attempt such wild actions, the King Scotland, King duncan, is informed of Macbeth and Banquo 's great strive of achievement during the war against Norwegian forces and their leader, MacDonwald. Macbeth proves his loyalty and great existence by announcing, “the service and loyalty [Macbeth] owe in doing it pays itself.” This quote signifies the pure character Macbeth believes himself to be, along with his duty to serve Duncan with great efforts, if he shall become thane of Cawdor or king any time soon, according to the three …show more content…
Lady Macbeth is a major influence towards macbeth because she believes he his not capable of this deed yet she is, which is why she asks the spirits to “unsex her” of her gender so that the crime can be committed. although Lady Macbeth rethinks her actions and backs off the deed, after reading Macbeth 's beloved letter, claims he “is too full o’ the milk of human kindness”, a metaphor describing that lady macbeth 's believes Macbeth is too soft for the deed, and that he has to man up and get over it. Throughout several nights of countless sleeps, Macbeth invisions bloody daggers, which is claims led him to Duncan 's chamber. Macbeth is at a stage of personal choice, whether is shall carry on with this horrifying yet satisfying deed, or let Lady Macbeth take lead. “[Macbeth] have no spur to pick sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition which o 'erlaps itself and falls on the other.” This quote symbolizes Macbeth 's thoughts about his future actions and justifications about ambition and how that is the only reason his thoughts are running wild out of his mind. At this point in the story, Duncan has been murdered and Macbeth begins to experience first signs of downfall effects to his built up ambition. He is horrified by his actions, and at first regrets his “hangman hands” and strives for a simple knock to wake the king up, but unfortunately, King Duncan is left dead in his chamber. After suspicions rise from banquo about

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