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The Ambition of Macbeth
Macbeth is known for his significant amount of bravery and loyalty as a character in the play The Tragedy of Macbeth. Even though Macbeth has all the significant qualities of an average known hero, he also inherits bad ambitions throughout the story from three ornery witches that influence mischief upon his character. The witches reconstruct Macbeth’s ambitions from good to evil with the promise of power and riches. The evil witches help construct the storyline of Macbeth, and without them the story line would be completely different. They also have a strong effect on Macbeth’s good ambitions by gaining Macbeth’s trust by praising him for his accomplishments, which influences Macbeth to stir his ambitions for
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What more could a man possibly want? Then again, the outside influence from the witches made him it that is his destiny and he must do everything to fulfill being king of the throne. The first murder of that led to his downfall was to kill King Duncan. Before Macbeth kills Duncan he says,
“Is this a dagger which I see before me/ the handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee./ Here it not, Duncan, for it is knell/ That summons thee to heaven, or to hell.” (291).
Macbeth has become so corrupt and evil, not even friendship will get in the way of his desire of becoming the King of Scotland. Therefore, after Macbeth finished the killing of King Duncan, he soon came to fear that people were becoming suspicious. For instance, Macbeth hires three murders to start doing his dirty deeds for him so he wouldn’t get caught or have people suspect him anymore. He intends to do that because he starts to get concerned that his friend Banquo, his song Fleance, and the Kings son will get in the way of his destiny. Soon after the other attempted murders, Malcolm and Macduff are in England putting together and army to fight Macbeth. Macbeth is informed of the situation he says, I have almost forgot the taste of fears The time has been, my senses would have cooled As life were in’t I have supped full with horrors Familiar to my slaughterous thoughts Cammon once start me. The mind I sway by and the heart that I bear Shall never sag with doubt
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