The Influence Of Ambition In Macbeth By William Shakespeare

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Everybody in their mind has some type of ambition that can influence them in the wrong way. There is good and bad ambition. Like Cesar Chavez once said that “ We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community... Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.” Macbeth’s ambition is change by the perspective of many things. The things that corrupted him are prophecy, Lady Macbeth, and the three apparitions.
The prophecy comes from the Weird Sisters, or the three witches, and the three apparitions. The three witches tell Macbeth that he will be king by saying: “ All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!, All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!, All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!” (I.III.52-57). Macbeth gets a little glimpse of his forthcoming. The three witches tell him that he will rule Glamis, Cawdor and much more. Macbeth’s ambition here is to know more and to know how it will happen. The Witches also tell Banquo that he will have heirs or he will reign, he will be lesser than Macbeth, but greater, and not so happy, but happier. Macbeth doesn’t take any action in his prophecy because as of right now in the story he is very noble to his King. At this point in the play Macbeth is at the beginning of his ambition. Macbeth wants to know more and has an ambition to see how all of these scenarios will happen.
Macbeth’s ambitions grows strongly after the three witches try to light a fire in his heart so that he will want all the success of being the Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth know what he has to do in order to be the King, but he is unsure that he wants to do it. In Act I Macbeth is really considering not killing King Duncan: “First, as i am his kinsman and his subject,/ Strong both against the deed; then, as his host,/ Who should go against his murderer shut the door.? Not bear the knife myself”(I.VII.14-17). Macbeth does not want to kill Duncan because Macbeth is his host, and he is his kinsman and his subject. If Macbeth was to kill King he would be committing treason and braying a friendship.
Macbeth’s ambition spikes when Lady Macbeth confronts him. Lady Macbeth talks down to him and makes him feel like a wimpy man: “Be so much more the man. Nor time nor place/ Did then adhere, and yet you would make both./ They have made themselves, and that their fitness now” (I.VII. 58-61). Not only does Lady Macbeth convince Macbeth that he is afraid but she tell him only to make him feel like less of man, “I have given suck, and know/ how tender ‘tis to love the babe that milks me./ I would, while it was smiling in my face,/ Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums/ and dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as...

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