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Internal Limitations In Macbeth

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Ambition is a strong desire to complete a task and usually requires hard work to do so. The strong desire one needs to achieve a task could occasionally waiver and be affected by limitations that could cause one to question whether or not they would like to reach their goal. Throughout the play, Macbeth, Shakespeare demonstrates the use of internal and external limitations through examples in the play. Loyalty is an example of internal limitation that is displayed throughout the play. Macbeth demonstrates loyalty by being loyal to the king until he hears about the witch’s prophesises and his ambition gets in the way of him being faithful to Duncan. Guilt is an internal limitation that is also shown throughout the play as well because after…show more content…
In the beginning of the play Macbeth was very loyal to King Duncan and viewed him as his King and friend. He was so loyal that he was fine with risking his life in battle for King Duncan and his country “Till he faced the slave; which ne’er shook hands, nor bade him farewell to him, till he unseamed him from the nave to th’ chops, and fixed his head upon our battlements.” (1.2.9).In this quote it is evident that Macbeth was loyal to the king as well as his country. This makes him question whether or not he should go on with the act of killing King Duncan. When he had decided that he was going to murder the King he was not one hundred percent for the act because he realized how kind the king was to him so that was why he told Lady Macbeth he did not want to go on with murdering the king. This is an internal limitation of ambition because loyalty come from within and it is limitation to his ambition because it causes him to wander away from his ambition for a
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