Macbeth's Ambition Analysis

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In Macbeth, ambition is something that was driven by many different factors. Macbeth’s ambition was driven by his love for his wife and also influenced by supernatural factors. Lady Macbeth also has a lot of ambition as, she wants what is best for her husband and will do whatever it takes to get him in the highest position possible. As a reader Shakespeare influences our views and opinions of the characters through stylistic features such as tone and repetition.

In the beginning of the play it is evident that Macbeth’s ambition is driven by his love for Lady Macbeth. It can be seen how her influence on him changes his opinions. Lady Macbeth identifies Macbeth’s ambition in Act 1 Scene 5 when she says “Art not without ambition, but without the illness should
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In Act 3 Scene 1 the reader can recognise that Macbeth will even kill his right-hand man in order to keep his position. This is shown when Macbeth says “The moment on ’t; for ’t must be done tonight, And something from the palace; always thought that I require a clearness.” This quotation causes the readers opinion of Macbeth to alter as it is now evident that Macbeth’s actions are not as kind or moral as the reader is told during the beginning of the play. It can now be seen that Macbeth has a dark side and his ambition is strong enough to force him into doing horrible things.

By the end of the play Macbeth’s ambition is fuelled by fearl of other people taking away all the power that he has fought for. This can be seen when Macbeth says “The castle of Macduff I will surprise, seize upon Fife; give to the edge o’ the sword, His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls, that trace him in his line.”. This quotation shows the reader that Macbeth’s mental state has deteriorated, as he is now becoming paranoid and wants to kill anyone in Macduff’s line so they are unable to take away the throne from
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