Essay about Macbeth's ambition

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An ambition for power can seem to be true perfection, but one should be careful what they wish for, because that power might be exactly what causes their downfall. In the play Macbeth written by William Shakespeare ambition plays a great role and is also a main theme. Ambition is often the motivating force in one's life. It is supposed to be the motivating factor that drives one towards success. The main character, Macbeth has ambition even though it leads him to his downfall. In contrast, Lady Macbeth pursues her goals with greater determination, yet she is less capable of withstanding the outcome of her actions. She becomes guilty which leads to her death since she becomes mentally ill and commits suicide, leaving Macbeth without any …show more content…

IV), Macbeth is angry, he knows to become king he needs to either give up or step over Malcolm (meaning defeat him or perhaps assassinate Duncan). Macbeth begins to plan his betrayal against Duncan as he sees Malcolm standing in the way of Macbeth gaining the throne. Macbeth’s ambition to become king leads him to betray his beloved king Duncan.
“Who can be wise, amazed, temp'rate, and furious,
Loyal and neutral, in a moment? No man.
Th' expedition of my violent love
Outrun the pauser, reason.” (Macbeth, Act II Sc. II)

Macbeth pretends to show sorrow after hearing the news of Duncan’s death, in another way he is asking himself these questions. This shows that Macbeth is already starting to feel guilty of what he has done. "To show an unfelt sorrow is an office which the false man does easy.” (Malcolm, Act II, scene III), Macbeth shows false sorrow; he is covering up his lie by showing his sorrow towards Duncan’s death. A liar can easily pretend to feel sorrow even though he doesn’t feel any.
Macbeth's ambition led him to lose all the trust and loyalty from his army and thanes, as he becomes greedy and overconfident of himself. The witches’ prophecies have led him to think that no one can kill him. The prophecies showing truth are next to impossible. The apparitions shown to Macbeth by the witches include (Act IV Sc. I): He is told to beware Macduff, the Thane of Fife (Apparition 1 - an armed head),

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