The Themes Of Ambition In William Shakespeare's Macbeth

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As explained by Marques, “the greatest evil which fortune can inflict on men to endow them with small talents and great ambition.” Ambition is infinite. The distinction between having an excess amount of ambition and having too little is misconstrued depending on the person’s morality. It is healthy to have ambition and pushing oneself to be the best. In the case of the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Macbeth has an unhealthy amount and is unable to control it. When Banquo and Macbeth stumble upon the witches, he takes the prophecy to heart, while Banquo is suspicious about it. On the other hand, for Lady Macbeth, her ambition is clearly evident, which she encourages Macbeth to murder Duncan. Although the supernatural plays a crucial role …show more content…
According to Findlay, “Lady Macbeth pours her spirits into Macbeth’s ear…” (Findlay). Lady Macbeth, is willing to redeem herself in any way possible after failing to do one job, give birth to a boy. She gains this upper hand by manipulating Macbeth, becoming the puppet master while Macbeth is the puppet. The determined Lady Macbeth explains to Macbeth that their plan to kill the king, will not fail and her advice to Macbeth involves him to forget his doubts and fight (Shakespeare 62). This is a prime example of her determination to win no matter the cost. She is this way because there are many gender restrictions during the time; thus she wants to become a man or someone without female emotions which plague her. These instincts stop her from becoming the person she is eager to be which an all-around powerful person is. When the plan to kill the king becomes successful, in her opinion, this makes up all for all of her failure from her past, which increases her strength and her worth. After the death of Duncan, Macbeth could not believe he could perform an act so cruel without a second thought and Lady Macbeth suggested, “A little water cleans us of this deed”(Shakespeare 84). Lady Macbeth’s lack of moral conscience is clearly evident. Her blind ambition to prove herself capable, makes her ignore the fact that what she did could never be undone. Underneath all of that arrogance, masked by her determination, she understands that she will never be able to compensate the effects of her actions. According to Lady Macbeth, “art thou afeard to be the same thine own act and valour” (60). Lady Macbeth is motivating her husband and pushing him to be who she desires. If she cannot become the person she most desires, then she passes herself onto Macbeth and creates her ideal persona. Overall, she has accepted her failures in the past which motivates her to

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