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The Ambition of Lady Macbeth in Macbeth by William Shakespeare

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The Ambition of Lady Macbeth in Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Timothy Leary once said, "Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition" (Peters 175). But is this true in the case of the classic play Macbeth? In Macbeth it seems to be, that Macbeth the protagonist of the play is influence by Lady Macbeth's ambition. Could this be an exception or was Lady Macbeth lying when she ask to be equal to a man so she could commit the murder (1.5.33.45-61). To understand one must look deeply into the plot and many themes of Macbeth. William Shakespeare uses ambition among other things to imply may different ideas. Thus, Macbeth's downfall is a direct cause of Lady Macbeth's goading and ambition. In the beginning of Macbeth, Macbeth is a
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Then, he has already implemented a plan to kill the king. But, his troubles to think for himself is still very evident after the murder, "Look on't again I dare not" (3.4.107.144-145). His emotion are both up and down causing Lady Macbeth to at times to think and control him. Causing and leading to Macbeth's downfall. Macbeth relationship to Lady Macbeth is not only husband and wife. At times Macbeth becomes depend on Lady Macbeth. Causing Lady Macbeth to make decision for Macbeth. There is no better example of this than act one scenes five and seven. "She Decides to help him gain the crown.... Lady Macbeth decides that Duncan will be killed while staying there" (Rahim 2). Later in scene seven Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth that indeed he wants to kill Duncan. The play Macbeth is about Macbeth and his changes. That is why we call Macbeth a dramatic character. Often dramatic characters are also tragic heroes or tragic characters. Which Macbeth is, these changes are a cause of Lady Macbeth and how she effects the play in many way. Including Lady Macbeth's ambition effects Macbeth in turn Macbeth kills Duncan, Banquo, and Macduff's family. The Murders in turn cause Malcolm and Macduff to revolt against Macbeth. The murders also cause both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to become insane. Because Lady Macbeth is not sane so, she kills herself. Because of Malcolm's and Macduff's revolt plus Macbeth sanity causes Macbeth dies a tragic death. In the opening of act five scene
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