Macbeth Quotes Analysis

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Macbeth is the Shakespearean play that features the triumphant uprise and the inevitable downfall of its main character. In this play, Macbeth’s downfall can be considered to be the loss of his moral integrity and this is achieved by ambition, despite this, Lady Macbeth and the witches work through his ambition, furthering to assist his inevitable ruin. Ambition alone is the most significant factor that led to Macbeth’s downfall. The witches are only able to influence his actions through Macbeth’s pre-existing and the three witches see that Macbeth has ambition and uses it to control his action. Ambition alone is displayed throughout the play to be the most significant cause for Macbeth’s downfall. Macbeth states, “I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself and falls on th' other”. This quote represents Macbeth’s effort to succeed in his actions, Macbeth’s “intent” signifies the horse that he is trying to mount and “I have no spur to prick the sides” meaning that there is nothing forcing his intent to move other than his “vaulting” ambition. In the process…show more content…
Macbeth come across the three witches, there they state, “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor” (Act 1, Scene 3). In reply to the three witches, Macbeth demanded “stay you imperfect speakers! Tell me more”. With just these few statements announced, Macbeth’s thirst for power and glory arises and is clearly seen. Soon after in the play, a section of Macbeth’s letter to Lady Macbeth writes, “I burned in desire to question them further” (Act 1, Scene 5), this additionally demonstrates Macbeth’s ambition and how he is able to be led on by the witches through his ambition. This display of such thirst tells the audience that Macbeth’s deep ambition is existent and even with little input from other characters, he is led down the path of

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