Macbeth Uncontrolled Ambition Analysis

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Due to ambition most of humanities’ greatest triumphs would not be possible, but it is also important to understand that uncontrolled ambition is the cause of humanities’ ultimate downfall. Throughout Shakespeare’s Macbeth the most crucial theme is ambition. This is shown all through the play by the Weird Sister’s prophecy, Lady Macbeth’s desires, and the consequences of uncontrolled ambition. Ambition is a critical theme in Macbeth it is illustrated by the weird sister’s prophecies that leads to the development of ambition for Macbeth. The first prophecy that the Weird Sister’s depicted is that Macbeth will become the King. They said “All hail, Macbeth! That shalt be King hereafter.” (1.3.48-55).This prophecy ignited a sense of ambition inside…show more content…
While reading her husband's letter, she determines on the course to be pursued, and nothing turns her from that course until the goal of her ambition is reached. When Lady Macbeth hears the Weird Sisters prediction about her husband's becoming king she resolves to persuade Macbeth to remove every obstacle until he becomes king. But Lady Macbeth, harsher as well as more ambitious than her husband, immediately considers the horrible idea of murdering her royal guest, which she urges upon Macbeth. Macbeth later on tells his wife that he has no intent of murdering King Duncan, Lady Macbeth, outraged, calls him a coward and questions his manhood “What beast was ’t, then, That made you break this enterprise to me? When you durst do it, then you were a man; And to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man.” (1.7.47-51). Lady Macbeth has an undeviating desire in having more power and making her husband the king. When planning to assassinate King Duncan Lady Macbeth plans to blame the servants of the murder. “firm of purpose! Give me the daggers. The sleeping and the dead/Are but as pictures. 'Tis the eye of childhood/that fears a painted devil. If he do bleed, I’ll gild the faces of the grooms withal, For it must seem their guilt.” (2.2.52-57). As a result of unrestrained ambition Lady Macbeth has gone senseless, she is blaming the murder of King Duncan on the innocent servants. Her desire for power has made her ruthless, cruel, and cold blooded. Lady Macbeth’s yearnings and ambition cause’s her to die, and later her desires end up killing her husband as

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