The Destruction Of Ambition In Lady Macbeth By William Shakespeare

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The play Macbeth, consists of the themes violence, fate, and ambition. These themes torment the characters which leads to their demise. Although Macbeth admits to vaulting ambition, it is Lady Macbeth who is consumed by the idea of obtaining power. When Macbeth submits to Lady Macbeth’s will, the murder results in drastic detrimental changes in their relationship, which causes Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to grow apart from one another. The flaw in Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's relationship is Lady Macbeth’s dominance. "Lady Macbeth is the strongest character in the play. She so dominates the scenes in which she appears that her role at times seems equal to, perhaps even larger than, Macbeth's” (Blooms Literature). Lady Macbeth does not live in …show more content…
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s relationship begins to falter as a result of the two characters not sharing the same passion for achieving power. Once Lady Macbeth is informed that she and Macbeth will be hosting Duncan, Lady Macbeth reveals that she has has thought about murdering Duncan in the past as she already has a plan. Lady Macbeth is blinded by her ambition, as she will go to any lengths to achieve power. “I would, while it was smiling in my face, have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums and dashed the brains out, had I sworn as you have done to this” (Act 1, Scene 7, Lines 64-67). Lady Macbeth depicts her unrelenting desire for power by describing the inhumane acts she is prepared to perform in order to have Macbeth ascend to the throne. Unlike Lady Macbeth whose ambition is set straightforward, Macbeth faces inner conflict regarding killing Duncan. “Say from whence you owe this strange intelligence or why upon this blasted heath you stop our way with such prophetic greeting. Speak, I charge you” (Act 1, Scene 3, Lines 78-81). After hearing the prophecy from the three witches, Macbeth is serious and intrigued by the prophecy, revealing his own desire for power. Once Macbeth hears the prophecy, he immediately thinks to what violent actions he must perform in order to become king. These thoughts of violent acts return when Duncan names Malcolm to be heir to the throne. Just like Lady Macbeth, Macbeth shows initial desires for power. However, as the play progresses, Macbeth become uncertain about his actions. Once Macbeth returns to his keep, he immediately thinks of the spiritual and moral consequences that would arise if he should murder Duncan. “But in these cases we still have judgement here, that we but teach bloody instructions, which, being taught, return to plague th’ inventor… First, I am his kinsman and his subject, strong both

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