What Is The Role Of Ambition In Macbeth

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Macbeth was driven by ambition to gain power by desperately wanting to become the King of Scotland. It was not enough for MacBeth to become the Thane of Cawdor and Thane of Glamis - he wanted more just as the three witches had predicted to him and Banquo. The witches told MacBeth that he will have three important roles and be happier and that Banquo will not be a King but his descendants will be Kings and that he will be happier than Macbeth. Banquo is skeptical of the predicitons but Macbeth believes in them. On MacBeth’s journey for the title of King he makes the ultimate sacrifices to gain the crown.

MacBeth believes he was given the titles of Thane of Cawdor and Thane of Glamis based on his good attributes and his honesty. The Thane
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He becomes confident and arrogant. He believes in the three witches and puts total faith into what they have told him in the beginning. He believes this is his destiny and one way or another he is going to make it happen. When the three witches tell Macbeth that MacDuff cannot be killed by someone born by a woman he begins to lose his confidence and starts feeling abit uncertain. But once again Macbeth convinces himself that his desires are acceptable and these are only small road blocks that he needs to overcome. He then decides to murder MacDuff’s wife and children until he can figure out how to kill MacDuff himself. Macbeth is rapidly changing from the person he once was into a very evil person with no affection or consideration for anyone. He is totally self centered and losing touch with everyone who knew him. The only people left supporting him are the servants employed by him and they are forced to remain. Even when Macbeth learns of Lady Macbeth’s death he is literally not affected nor upset. This is a clear sign that he is losing power and strength because he is not in touch with his own feelings and compassion for his wife’s death or anyone
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