Character Ambition In Macbeth

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Macbeth is an innocent and brave general who turns into a power hungry murderer throughout the play. He is first loved by many people and is a noble man, but incidences lead him down a wretched path and he becomes evil. Macbeth does not act on his own will; he is influenced by others, which force him to act upon malevolent deeds.
Macbeth is one of the nobleman of Scotland; he is first named the thane of Glamis, but later becomes the thane of Cawdor. After a battle, Macbeth is met by Three Witches, and they prophesize that Macbeth will become thane of Cawdor and soon the King of Scotland. Macbeth is skeptical about what the witches have said, but soon after a King’s man declares Macbeth thane of Cawdor. Macbeth is captivated by the witches’
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Macbeth starts to think that he cannot kill Duncan, and the only thing that is keeping him on track with the plan is ambition. Macbeth says that ambition can make a person rush ahead into catastrophe. Macbeth follows through with murdering Duncan with the help of his wife. Later on, Macbeth becomes paranoid with his killing of Duncan, and he feels he cannot trust anyone. He ends up killing a plethora of people throughout his kingdom in order to feel safe. Macbeth becomes unstable, and he begins to see ghosts of people he has killed; through Macbeth seeing the ghosts of his victims, it becomes apparent that he cannot handle the consequences of his murders. Macbeth is an evil person for what he did; there were influences among him who convinced him of murdering innocent people, but that does not excuse his…show more content…
Lady Macbeth is a vicious and power hungry woman, which seeps into Macbeth’s mind and leads him into becoming like her. Another influence on Macbeth’s committing of atrocities is the Three Witches. If they had not prophesized that Macbeth was going to become thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland in the first place, then he would not have thought about killing anybody. The Three Witches taunt Macbeth throughout the play, and they lead him into thinking that anyone who is seen as a possible threat should be killed. Macbeth is influenced by others to act on his treacherous deeds.
Macbeth is a noble man in the beginning, but when influenced by his power hungry wife and the cruel witches, he becomes an evil man. He never listens to his own thoughts, and, therefore, suffers the consequences of being influenced by evil people. Macbeth’s choices determined his fate, and Aristotle and Aquinas also believed that choices determined one’s fate based on if one chooses to sin. Macbeth chose to sin, and his sins determined his fate, which was
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