Macbeth Research Paper

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Matt Prieto Mr.Furlong English 3 14 February, 2011 The Collapse of an Ambitious Mind Ambition is a very desirous trait. Macbeth’s ambition leads him down the path to perform wicked deeds that ultimately lead to his demise. Throughout the play of Macbeth, Shakespeare utilizes many forms of imagery. Some forms of imagery are shown through the character’s appearance in clothing, light and darkness and blood imagery. The most dominant form of imagery in the play is expressed through the clothing worn by the characters. In Macbeth, a play written by William Shakespeare, Shakespeare utilizes imagery of clothing and equivocation to demonstrate Macbeth's over ambitious mindset, which ultimately leads to his…show more content…
He hath honored me of late, and I have brought Golden Opinions from all sorts of people, Which would be worn now in their newest gloss, Not cast aside so soon. Lady Macbeth responds, Was the hope drunk Wherein you dressed yourself?(1.7 34-40) Macbeth is explaining to his wife that he believes the two have received a higher rank already. He does not understand why he should take a risk and throw it all away. He wants them to enjoy their new positions in society. Macbeth believes that he is not ready to be king. He states that he wants to wear the clothes of the Thane for a little longer. However, Lady Macbeth responds by telling him to dress the part he acts like. Macbeth’s argument is destroyed and he continues as planned. He murders King Duncan. This is due to the ambitious nature of Macbeth. The death is a result of the intellectual seed that has been growing within the mind of Macbeth. He was told that he would become king but was never told of when it would happen or how it would happen. Through this equivocation, Macbeth takes matters into his own hands and kills King Duncan. This wicked deed only adds to the destruction of Macbeth. Equivocation is a major theme in Macbeth and is also seen in an article written by Gary Willis Equivocation of the Fiend. In this article Willis is discussing the Jesuits involved in the gun powder plot. He spoke about one Jesuit in particular. His name was Garnet. Garnet was the mastermind behind
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