Ambition: Macbeth S Heart

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What is ambition? Ambition is described as eager for success, power or fame. For Macbeth. Ambition was what drove him to become great, it forced him to change his nature towards evil. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth was portrayed as a courageous soldier who fought for his King without mercy. But once the witches planted the seeds of greater things and Lady Macbeth fuelled his ambition, which lead him to become greedy and power hungry. Macbeth was led down to an unescapable road of doom by an outside force, namely fate in the form of the three witches. There was no supernatural force working against Macbeth, which therefore makes him responsible for his own actions and inevitable downfall. Macbeth is indeed responsible for his own…show more content…
When Macduff learns that his family is murdered, he begins to despair. Malcolm, not wanting to let anything get in the way of his ambition, tells Macduff to "dispute it like a man." (4.3.221). Since Malcolm is a young man; he does not have a wife or kids and disregards Macduff 's pain as a sign of weakness. Note that even if Malcolm had a family and understood Macduff 's pain fully, he would still have been reckless and put revenge above anything else. Malcolm 's father was a good man who lost his life at the hands of the man he trusted the most; Malcolm is not going to let Macduff 's personal tragedy get in the way of his goal of destroying Macbeth. When Macduff responds by saying that first he must feel pain like a man, Malcolm responds by telling Macbeth to make his grief "be this the whetstone of your sword. Let grief convert to anger; blunt not the heart, enrage it." (4.3.230- 231). While Malcolm is more understanding of the pain Macduff feels, he still convinces him to move on. When he says "let grief convert to anger", he means for Macduff to use his sorrow as his anger so he can move on with his life and destroy the man responsible for his sorrow: Macbeth. Malcolm truly does feel bad about Macduff losing his family, but unlike Macduff, he has
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