Theme Of Ambition In Macbeth

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Throughout William Shakespeare 's Macbeth many of the characters show ambition for the things that they do. Normally being ambitious would be a good quality but in Macbeth it’s a quality you don 't want to have. The main characters Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, and Macduff have ambition to commit crimes. After the crimes were committed blood was visible as a reminder to Macbeth and Lady Macbeth as the things that they 've done. In William Shakespeare 's Macbeth, the theme of ambition is developed through the motif of blood as seen in the assassination of King Duncan, the murder of Banquo, and Macduff killing Macbeth. Lady Macbeth had ambition towards King Duncan 's assassination, but had macbeth do it for her. Lady Macbeth 's idea to assassinate King Duncan shows the theme of ambition. Her desire for Macbeth to kill King Duncan also shows the motif of blood, it’s used to develop the theme of ambition. For instance, Lady Macbeth states “Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be What thou art promised. Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o ' th ' milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great,Art not without ambition, but without The illness should attend it.” (1.5.15-20). After Lady Macbeth reads the letter from Macbeth, her thoughts immediately turn to murder. The problem is that Macbeth has the ambition to kill King Duncan but doesn 't want to act on it. Macbeth then starts to realize that there 's no reason for killing King Duncan but Macbeth wants

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