The Influence Of Ambition In Macbeth By William Shakespeare

996 words - 4 pages

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...

Find Another Essay On The Influence of Ambition in Macbeth by William Shakespeare

The Use of the Supernatural in Macbeth by William Shakespeare

1524 words - 6 pages The Use of the Supernatural in Macbeth by William Shakespeare In this essay I am going to explore the use of the supernatural in the play Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare. This is going to be done by showing how much power the supernatural elements had and how it influenced peoples' mind. The supernatural elements are the use of the witches, the dagger, Banquo's ghost and the apparitions in the play

The Importance of the Supernatural in Macbeth by William Shakespeare

4513 words - 18 pages Macbeth is. AQA (syllabus B) GCSE English/Literature: Pre-1900 Drama- 'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare Coursework assignment: Discuss the importance of the Supernatural in William Shakespeare's Macbeth In the same way, Lady Macbeth is lured by their powers- she asks the supernatural to help her strengthen and resolve, in order to follow the path of evil. She uses this influence to goad Macbeth into action

The Corrupting Power of Ambition in William Shakespeare's Macbeth

1536 words - 6 pages ambition and desire to obtain power takes over his conscience when he concludes that his motivation for ambition is much stronger than his will to act upon what is morally just, confirming how ambition is corrupting. Consequently, the battle between his desires and moral judgement comes to an end when Shakespeare displays how Macbeth has progressed into a sinful character of immoral judgement. In the middle of the play, Macbeth states,"By the worst

The Role of the Witches in Macbeth by William Shakespeare

1776 words - 7 pages The Role of the Witches in Macbeth by William Shakespeare Macbeth is a play written by William Shakespeare some time between 1603 and 1606 and is set in Scotland around 1040. The time it was written coincides with the reign of King James the First of England. King James showed a great interest in witches and powers of the supernatural and Macbeth was arguably written to impress the king in what were violent times

Struggles of the Conscience in Macbeth by William Shakespeare

1233 words - 5 pages audience to recognize Macbeth’s fall, he had to be ‘a man worthy of our admiration’ (25). Thus, Macbeth’s loyalty and bravery is emphasized to magnify his tragic end. Lady Macbeth remarks that her husband is “too full o’ the milk of human kindness” (1.5.16) while Duncan is eternally grateful to the “noble Macbeth” (1.2.77). Macbeth is bestowed the Thaneship of Cawdor for his valour in battle. This stirs his dormant ambition or fatal flaw into question

In the play Macbeth by Shakespeare, it is Macbeth's "Vaulting Ambition" that causes his downfall. Discuss

748 words - 3 pages Shakespeare's play Macbeth follows the tragic downfall of a great man. Macbeth was once thought of as “noble” and “valiant” but by the end of the play, a “dead butcher”. The murder of King Duncan marks the beginning of Macbeth's downfall. This is more a result of Macbeth's vaulting ambition than his belief in the supernatural. However, it is Macbeth's belief in the supernatural that makes him continue on the path to

Security In "Macbeth" by William Shakespeare: The downfalls of Duncan, Banquo and Macbeth

569 words - 2 pages from gross overconfidence, thinking that he was completely invincible. He was first given a confidence booster in the first act when he was greeted by the witches as,"All hail Macbeth! hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor" and,"All hail, Macbeth! thall shalt be king hereafter."(I,iii,48-52) These rather unusual greetings trigger Macbeth's ambition. After becoming the king and failing to kill Fleance, Macbeth seeks out the counsel of the witches. Little

Macbeth, by William Shakespeare

941 words - 4 pages William Shakespeare’s Macbeth is the play which tells the story of a soldier and the disastrous path which he took in pursuit of the throne. Macbeth was a victim of forces beyond his control; they are the witches and Lady Macbeth. The witches create a stimulus for Macbeth to become destructive in his pursuit for the throne. However Macbeth was only persuaded and ready to kill after being influenced by Lady Macbeth. Therefore we can assume that

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

1248 words - 5 pages has an equal and opposite reaction”(Sir Isaac Newton’s third law of Physics). In the tragedy play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, the main character Macbeth goes through many fluctuations regarding his feelings, his relationships, and his outlook towards life. Macbeth’s individually chosen actions were the cause for his alteration as a character. Macbeth yearned to be the most powerful and this ambition drove him to the assassination of his

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

1403 words - 6 pages In human society there are different rank and class systems that distinguish groups of people. Ambition -- the quest for power – is an internal drive that is embedded in every one of us. It motivates us to improve ourselves. Ambition can lead to corruption as in the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, where the main character Macbeth is driven by his ambition and eventually becomes corrupt. Macbeth chooses to let ambition override his humanity

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

2284 words - 9 pages Macbeth by William Shakespeare William Shakespeare wrote Macbeth. It was written at the time of King James, and it is relevant as you read on. King James was attracted to witches, and the play includes many matters that interest him. Macbeth as a character is very expendable, thinking and mostly unpredictable. The way Shakespeare uses Macbeth and Lady Macbeth I unique. The play is very powerful in terms of evil and lessons in life. The moral

Similar Essays

Ambition In Macbeth By William Shakespeare

1285 words - 5 pages Ambition in Macbeth by William Shakespeare At the start of the play, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth appear to be very happy; it seems that they have everything they need, Macbeth was the Thane of Glamis, and they had a good relationship. The catalyst for the change between Macbeth and his wife occurs when Macbeth is told of his destiny by the three Witches; he now believes he is capable of greater things. Once he becomes the

Macbeth By William Shakespeare, Influence Of The Witches And Supernatural In Macbeth

1024 words - 4 pages Macbeth is thought to have been first performed in 1606, for the visit of the Danish king to James I. It is therefore likely that not only was James I's Scottish ancestry reflected in the play, but also his interest in witchcraft and the supernatural. In order to please the king, Shakespeare made the influence of the supernatural element on both the course of Macbeth's downfall and the dramatic tension of the play significant.The fact that the

Analysis Of Ambition In The Tragedy Of Macbeth By Willaim Shakespeare

748 words - 3 pages is at the expense of the life of his dear friend. His ambition was so strong that his morals were forgotten almost entirely. Shakespeare did this to show how far your ambition can truly get you, even if it is in a sinister manner. Later in the play, in Act 3, Shakespeare gives the main character another goal to obtain. By this time in the play Macbeth’s ambition has driven him to a dark place, so one can only guess what Macbeth would be willing

Ambition, Death, And Power: Themes Found In The First Scene Of Macbeth By Shakespeare

734 words - 3 pages a woman, which really just gave him the power and confidence to fight harder. This power also dwindles when he realizes he can be killed by Macduff and does not know what to do with it. Not being a more predominant theme it sure lasts throughout the play as this quote sets it up. Concluding all of these themes work together to set up who Macbeth is and what he becomes later in the play. The theme of ambition that he has the desire to be king and will kill to do it leads onto the theme of death where it was not stated that it was the way he would become king but in rather how he interprets it and it leads to the power that he can do anything.