The Ambition In Macbeth

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The Tragedy of Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, utilizes the ambition of the character Macbeth to enhance the tragic life him and his wife experienced. Macbeth is a highly respected Knight under King Duncan of Scotland. He is the Thane of Glamis and later on the Thane of Cawdor as predicted by the Weird Sisters. The Weird Sisters visit Macbeth in Act I Scene iii, after him and Banquo defeat the allied forces of Norway and Ireland. The visit consisted of telling Macbeth he will become the Thane of Cawdor and the king of Scotland. This prophecy sparks the beginning of Macbeth putting action into his ambition. Once he tells his wife, Lady Macbeth, she pushes the idea of being king on him. Macbeth digs a large hole for himself…show more content…
In the exposition, When The Three Witches visit they cause Macbeth to begin putting action into his ambition to become king. Macbeth knows he can not be king because you must me born into it. He is content with this until the Witches deliver the first prophecies. Along with being the new Thane of Cawdor, they chant, “All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!" (I.iii.50). Macbeth knows there is a chance he can be the king now and he is ready to put all his efforts into succeeding this. He is skeptical at first but he decides it is what he wants. As time progresses on he constantly ponders on the Witches prophecies. Although at first, Macbeth does not believe the prophecies. He begins to believe it when one of them comes true. The Witches state that he will be the new Thane of Cawdor. Once they leave Ross walks into the scene and exclaims, “And, for an earnest of a greater honor, / He bade me, for him, call the Thane of Cawdor" (I.iii.104-05). Once Ross states this, the Witches prophecies become even more cogent. His devotion to become the king becomes greater. Macbeth knows if king is his calling he must do it. Macbeth explains, “If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me / Without my stir" (I.iii.145-46). Macbeth before thinking decides this is what he needs to do something to become king. Macbeth spends time to ponder on this situation. Before Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth he states,…show more content…
His encounter with her is the rising action of the play. Lady Macbeth loves the idea of being in power more than anything. When she first finds out she is ecstatic and can not contain herself. After talk has been done it is evident Macbeth is having second thoughts toward the idea. His statement is no help, because the idea is now in Lady Macbeth’s head she will never let the idea go. She attempts to deride Macbeth by asking, “Art thou afeard / To be the same in thine own act and valor / As thou art in desire?" (I.vii.39-41). Her plan works on Macbeth and the desire and ambition is all brought back to him as he replies, “I dare do all that may become a man" (I.vii.46). Lady Macbeth’s ability to bring the ambition back to Macbeth with greater attempts is a big reason for him killing Duncan. When Macbeth comes back from killing Duncan, she is so happy. She does something that she only does once throughout the whole play, She calls out to him “[m]y husband!" (II.ii.13), when he returns from completing the job. Lady Macbeth has no true attraction to Macbeth himself, but rather to the power he now contains. Macbeth is clearly distraught after killing Duncan, and his ambition to become king is gone. He explains to Lady Macbeth that they will do no more for the throne. Lady Macbeth takes this almost as an insult and decides she need to keep his drive high. She explains that her “hands are of your

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