Ambition Within Macbeth

Ambition Within Macbeth

  • Submitted By: louis
  • Date Submitted: 03/05/2009 8:43 AM
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Words, the fundamental elements of the English written language. Words allow us to say precisely what we want to say, an expertise that Shakespeare had mastered. “Macbeth” is a chasm of perfectly chosen words and often leaves these words open to the reader’s interpretation. The words within “Macbeth” expose the ambitious intend that culminates with the death of King Duncan.Analysising the words within the text of “Macbeth”, one could argue that Macbeth is inspired to execute his evil acts by three persistent and influential forces, the witches, himself and his wife Lady Macbeth.

Omnipotent and devilish, the witches embody many themes in Macbeth, such as the theme of fate, and the way that they alone have the power to alter someone's destiny. It is evident that the witches also depict a theme of pure evil, as they are the dammed temptresses that ignite the ambition within Macbeth, allowing him to momentarily ascend to prominence. ‘all hail Macbeth! Thane of Glamis, all hail Macbeth! Thane of Cowdor, all hail Macbeth! You’ll be King one day!’ (act one, scene three Pg 31). Macbeth is initially taken aback by the proclamation that resonates around the heath, he composes himself and questions the logic of prophecies, ‘cawdor lives, a prosperous gentleman;and to be king stand not within the prospect of belief’ (act one, scene three Pg 32) Macbeth allows the witches to manipulate his rational thinking and introduce these twisted ideas. In retrospect the witches have become creatures that reflect the inner desires of a man whose destiny is fading.

Lady Macbeth is the personification of a nefarious and perfidious creature, cadaverous in nature. She has her own agenda and a vested interest in what benefits she can accumulate from her marriage. ‘And fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full…’ (act one, scene five Pg 48) She is the fuel that feeds Macbeth and nurtures in a perplexing and obtuse manner, ‘your hand, your tounge: look like the innocent flower, but be...

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