Power and Ambition in Macbeth

3 Pages 756 Words December 2014

?Powerful, death, action, these are soe words to describe the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare. This play is about Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and them wanting to be King and Queen of Scotland no matter what it takes. Ambition is a strong desire to do or achieve something. Ambition is shown in Macbeth by many characters. For example Macbeth, he shows ambition that he gets from his wife to kill Duncan then Malcolm so they can take over Scotland. Macbeth is the most ambitious person in the play, he is a ruthless king who hires people to kill others so he can stay in power. After his wife convinces him to kill Duncan, Macbeth doesn’t go back to the same person he was at the beginning of the play. Every murder he commits it haunts him until death and the guilt of the murders that he commits also haunt his wife Lady Macbeth. The more murders that Macbeth commits the easier and less guilt and more frequent they become. For example, after Macbeth becomes king he starts to worry about the second prophecy, which was that Banquo’s sons would be next in the thrown not him.
Once Macbeth murders Duncan, which is Malcolm’s father, Malcolm’s ambition is destroyed. Macbeth becomes so strong that he forgets all the moral and feels of others. Malcolm is able to under the true feelings of others and understands them, he lets nothing stop him from reaching his goal. Malcolm’s doesn’t want anything to get in the way of his ambition when MacDuffs family is murdered Since Malcolm is still young and doesn’t yet have kids he disrespects MacDuffs pain and sees it as a weakness. Malcolm doesn’t want the tratagy of MacDuffs family get in his way of his plan to destroy Macbeth. Malcolm becomes more understanding of the pain that MacDuff feels, and Malcolm convinces him to just let it go and move on. Malcolm then tells MacDuff to “let grief convert to anger” he tells MacDuff to let his anger go and help him destroy Macbeth which did this to h...

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