Theme Of Ambition In Macbeth

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An anonymous source once said, “If you do not control what you think, you can not control what you do”. Lady Macbeth manipulates her husband, Macbeth, into murdering King Duncan so they can become royalty. Macbeth had no say in the matter of murder, therefore, he did not thoroughly think about his actions and did not realize what he was doing until it was too late. William Shakespeare's “Macbeth” shows how people can let their ambition lead to destruction through the characters Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
Lady Macbeth is the most ambitious out of the two characters and portrays this throughout act one. Lady Macbeth receives a letter from Macbeth stating that he is to be King of Scotland. As she finishes the letter she goes on to tell Macbeth “Glamis thou art, and Cawdor; and shalt be/ What thou art promised” (Shakespeare 1.5. 2-3). She believes the witches are correct about Macbeth ruling Scotland as Macbeth is already Thane of Glamis and Cawdor. Lady Macbeth is excited about the news of her husband becoming King of Scotland, making her Queen of Scotland. After reading the letter, her mind turns straight to murder, not thinking about the consequences or the good of others. Lady Macbeth believes the only way for Macbeth to become king is to kill King Duncan. Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth that Duncan has dined and he is asking for Macbeth. Macbeth states that he no longer wants to kill Duncan, as he has been good to him. Lady Macbeth becomes outraged and calls him a coward. “Wouldst thou have that/Which thou esteem’st the ornament of life,/ And live a coward in thine own esteem,/Letting “I dare not” wait upon “I would, ”/Like the poor cat i' th' adage?” (Shakespeare 1.7.41-45). Lady Macbeth is trying to get under Macbeth’s skin, questioning his manhood and calling him a coward. Her ambition to become Queen and kill Duncan makes her unable to think and comprehend what she is doing. She wants King Duncan dead and is outraged that Macbeth will not follow through. Although Lady Macbeth has the most ambition, Macbeth also desires to be King of Scotland. Macbeth’s ambition is little to that of Lady Macbeth’s, but does show throughout the tragedy. Macbeth’s ambition to keep his throne causes him to make faulty

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