A Noble Man's Uncontrollable Ambition

A Noble Man's Uncontrollable Ambition

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Lady Macbeth as the Fourth Witch in William Shakespeare's Macbeth
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Macbeth was written in the summer of 1606 by the best dramatist of
that time William Shakespeare. Macbeth was first played for James the
first. Macbeth is certainly a play fit for a king! Macbeth is a
classic story of a noble man's uncontrollable ambition that leads him
to commit the most horrendous crime imagined. In the time of
Shakespeare, people believed god appointed kings to rule as his deputy
on earth. Rebellion against a king is a rebellion against god, the
worst crime ever imagined. Macbeth is story of a mighty ambitious
soldier led astray by his devious power-hungry wife. However one man
alone didn't cause this calamitous assault, he had help from his
manipulative and rebellious wife. Lady Macbeth plays a great role in
the conspiracy against the king, pulling the strings of her puppet-
Macbeth. Lady Macbeth yearning aspiration to be queen helps her to
achieve immense power. Due this obsession for power there is confusion
in whether lady Macbeth is a witch or a mere mortal. Many people are
in favour that she is a witch as she carries all the qualities of a
witch: no regard for morality, deceitful, malicious, she even shows
sign of mystical powers. But are these sufficient enough to accuse her
of being a witch, we shall find out.

(Act 1 Scn 5), Lady Macbeth first appears on stage, reading a letter,
this shows she is well educated, educated enough to know the
difference between right and wrong. This is highly unusual because
many women in the 17th century weren't educated; they had no time as
they were at the centre of the domestic sphere. In the letter it
informs Lady Macbeth of her most desired target, the third, 'all hail,
Macbeth! That shalt be King hereafter.' Lady Macbeth immediately
acknowledges Macbeth's loyal and noble manner, will not allow him to
do what is necessary, (Ln 15 Act 1 Scn 5): 'yet do I...

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