Pursuit of Ambition

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The Pursuit of Ambition in Macbeth
Due date 15/03/2013
What fuels Malcolm 's interest in defending Scotland? Do his actions up to the final battle indicate that he 's prepared to be King? Is he ambitious? What is the difference between him and Macbeth, if they’re after the same throne?
Ambition: an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honor, fame, or wealth, and the willingness to strive for its attainment.
Mainly three themes: lady Macbeth, Macbeth, Malcom what is the main difference of pursuit of ambition between these three?
MALCOLM
I admit that he’s murderous, lecherous, greedy, lying, deceitful, violent, malicious, and guilty of every sin that has a name. But there is no end, absolutely none,
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But for crimes like these there are still punishments in this world. By committing violent crimes we only teach other people to commit violence, and the violence of our students will come back to plague us teachers. Justice, being equal to everyone, forces us to drink from the poisoned cup that we serve to others. The king trusts me in two ways. First of all, I am his kinsman and his subject, so I should always try to protect him. Second, I am his host, so I should be closing the door in his murderer’s face, not trying to murder him myself. Besides, Duncan has been such a humble leader, so free of corruption, that his virtuous legacy will speak for him when he dies, as if angels were playing trumpets against the injustice of his murder. Pity, like an innocent newborn baby, will ride the wind with winged angels on invisible horses through the air to spread news of the horrible deed to everyone everywhere. People will shed a flood of tears that will drown the wind like a horrible downpour of rain. I can’t spur myself to action. The only thing motivating me is ambition, which makes people rush ahead of themselves toward disaster.

MALCOM: the man of justice, son of noble king Duncan and who finally rises to the throne after killing Macbeth. His ambition: to revenge the death of his father and save Scotland from tyranny of Macbeth.

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