preview

Macbeth Ambition Theme

Good Essays
Macbeth is a play written by William Shakespeare and it also consists of diverse themes. However, one theme that stands out the most is that one's ambition for power is a contribution to the dire consequences. Macbeth, the main character of the play, proves this to be true by taking his first step and murdering King Duncan after getting three prophecies. As he gets consumed by fear and guilt, he sends murderers to kill Banquo and his son, Fleance. In the same way, he also sends murderers to kill Macduff's family as a message to the Thane of Fife.

Macbeth is known as a brave soldier and is highly spoken of to the king about the great deeds that he does for his country. "For brave Macbeth—well he deserves that name—Disdaining fortune, with
…show more content…
They also use manipulation by greeting Macbeth by his current title 'The Thane of Glamis', to capture his attention and trust. Next, they greet him as the Thane of Cawdor, which is what King Duncan names him for his nobility, after hearing about the betrayal of the previous Thane of Cawdor. Then, they give him a third prophecy saying that he shall take Duncan's seat and be the next king of Scotland. Upon hearing that, a murderous ambition awakes in Macbeth and he immediately tells his wife, Lady Macbeth, about his encounter with the witches. "--Present fears Are less than horrible imaginings. My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, Shakes so my single state of man" (I.iii.153- 55). Nonetheless, Lady Macbeth is found as though she is the steering wheel that drives her husband into committing the first awful deed. That is, by testing his manhood, Macbeth finds himself leaning towards the idea of killing his own King to achieve both of their ambitions of ruling Scotland. “--That is a step On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap, For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.” (I.iv.55-58). Here, Macbeth describes his ambition of being black and his deep desires, proving that
Get Access