The Idea Of Ambition In Macbeth By William Shakespeare

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In The Tragedy of Macbeth, the author William Shakespeare uses the idea of ambition to show how it motivates Macbeth and his wife Lady Macbeth to plot a plan to kill the reigning king so that Macbeth may become king. The main theme of the play is ambition and how it forces the characters to possess it. Ambition is a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work. Macbeth is the male protagonist in this play and wants nothing more than to be crowned King of Scotland. The relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth was not exactly the best throughout the course of the play. The play starts off with Macbeth hesitating to gain power, but then suddenly Macbeth is shown as a strong confident man …show more content…
Macbeth’s influence to kill Duncan was from the three witches prophecies. If they would have never told Macbeth he will be crowned King of Scotland, than the idea of killing Duncan would have never came to thought. Lady Macbeth wants the best for Macbeth. She realizes his desire for the throne but fears that he will not take it from Duncan because she says Macbeth is “full o’ the milk of human kindness” (Shakespeare 361/62). She feels that her husband could never kill Duncan so she steps in and takes control. Lady Macbeth uses Macbeth’s weakness and cowardness as motivation for Macbeth to kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth calls Macbeth a coward because he says that if he killed Duncan he will break the double trust, which is, that he is Duncan’s kinsman, his host, and his subject. Lady Macbeth begins to question Macbeth’s strength and masculinity. So to show his strength, his masculinity and desire to be king, Macbeth agrees to killing Duncan. After Lady Macbeth had committed the crime, Macbeth begins to feel guilt that he has just killed an innocent man. As the murder of Duncan was taken place, Lady Macbeth was seen as superior to Macbeth. “Besides, the king is the relative of Macbeth and now he is the guest in his castle, if he …show more content…
However, the main role that influenced him was Lady Macbeth. Macbeth’s own ambitions did not fully cause him to preform the wrongdoings he committed, they only gave him ideas, but the witches gave Macbeth the satisfaction that he was most likely going to become king. Lady Macbeth is the person who made sure the act of murdering took place. Without her motivation and desire for her husband to become king, Duncan would have still been alive. After killing Duncan, Macbeth feels great remorse. He also know that he has committed an act of sin and will be later punished for it. Macbeth is so full of regret that the night it happened he heard voices saying he has murdered sleep and that he will not sleep anymore. Even after being crowned, Macbeth still felt fear and guilt that when things were going well something bad would come and ruin

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